Second injury within weeks at East Swanson Dock underscores need for National Stevedoring Code of Practice
A second serious injury sustained by a stevedore employed by Patrick at East Swanson Dock has highlighted the danger of working on the waterfront and the need for the urgent establishment of a National Stevedoring Code of Practice.
MUA researcher Dr Penny McCall Howard will be presenting a paper to the conference - Container Terminal Automation: A workers’ view’ - which is being hosted by The University of Sydney Business School and Institute for Transport and Logistics Studies.
The Maritime Union of Australia has ensured it remains front-and-centre of any debate concerning automation in presenting its in-house research to a conference this Friday.
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.
The Qube quarterly review was held in National Office on Monday 24 February. Branch Officials from every branch and National Office met with the company to deal with current disputes and issues raised from the workforces across the country. There were many important issues raised and this bulletin will deal with the major national issues.