Today marks two years since the deaths of two workers on the Stena Clyde oil rig in the Bass Strait off the coast of Victoria and still no action has been taken over long-standing safety concerns.
Unions are calling on the Federal Government to launch a review into the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environment Management Authority (NOPSEMA), which is responsible for the investigation into the deaths.
The national safety regulator has shown it is at the behest of big business after downgrading safety regulations that had the potential to save lives and prevent injury at work.
The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) is calling for better regulation of the pearl diving industry after Paspaley Pearling Company was today issued with criminal charges over the death of pearl diver Jarrod Hampton off the Kimberley coast of Western Australia in 2012.
The Maritime Union of Australia is calling for urgent input from members for the Abbott Government’s surprise review of model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Laws.
There is growing concern in the industry about the practice of basket lifting steel in preference to more accepted alternatives such as either double wrapping, reeving or choking loads.
Basket lifting is not recommended safe practice under national safety guidelines.
Safe Work Australia’s National Guidance Material Working Safety with General Cargo – Steel Products favours double wrapping over basket lifting to ensure a positive grip on entire load throughout loading/discharge (page 23).
These guidelines are still in force and should be followed.
In response to serious safety deficiencies identified in the offshore sector, the MUA, under the leadership of the ACTU, has visited Norway and the United Kingdom to garner a better understanding of how each country delivers safe working environments for offshore workers.
The MUA met with senior Toll management in the aftermath of the death of Anthony Attard. Friday's meeting (27.6.14) was held on the back of the MUA occupation of Toll’s Sydney office on the 18th June by 150 MUA members, many attending the Bulk and General Safety Conference, outraged at Toll’s behaviour in the wake of the Port Melbourne fatality.
A full report is submitted by Assistant Secretary Warren Smith. As well, Smith recommends that members read the analysis of the Behavioural Based Safety (BBS) produced by the ACTU with the apt title, "Big Brother Safety Kit".
The mood at this year’s Bulk & General Conference was understandably sombre, with members from around the country, convening in Sydney, just one month after the death of Melbourne delegate, Anthony Attard.
No More Death Toll
Management at Toll did not not know what hit them when 150 emotional MUA members occupied their offices at Homebush, Sydney.
On 18 June, MUA members will take action in Sydney to draw attention to the safety crisis in stevedoring. The union is stepping up its Waterfront Safety Campaign after the recent death of Anthony Attard, tragically killed in Melbourne last month.