OHS Incidents


THE construction company behind the 2008 redevelopment of Grafton Shoppingworld has been fined $35,000 by the Industrial Court of NSW over the death of former Grafton man, Lee Tapping, in a decision handed down on December 16.

Mr Tapping died after a 210kg concrete mould fell on him, striking him to the head and body on April 3, 2008.

Read more: The Northern Star .


The CFMEU announces with great sadness that yet another worker has been killed on site, this time at the University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus on Monday, October 31.

The site foreman, 65, was crushed to death when a lifting point on a formwork shutter failed.

Workers on the site scrambled to free the foreman from beneath the shutter and paramedics tried in vain to save his life.


It is with much sadness and regret, that the CFMEU informs members of a fatality in Victoria.

A 49 year old asbestos worker (from ATS), who was married with two teenage children, passed away on Saturday, October 22, after an accident on Wednesday October 19. 

He was operating an Elevated Work Platform (knuckle boom - boom length less than 11 meters: JLG 450 model), and was crushed between the basket and a metal roof purlin, while removing asbestos roof sheets at the Toyota Plant at Altona.


 A roof tiler has been convicted and sentenced to four months jail after shooting an apprentice with a nail-gun causing him to lose the sight in one eye.

  “Employers and supervisors have clear responsibilities to ensure equipment is well-maintained and that the people using them are trained and have a very clear idea of what can happen through misuse.


The CFMEU deeply regrets to have to announce  that there was a fatal accident involving a 15 tonne Franna Crane on Friday July 22 at approx 10.30am, on the D’Agliular Highway near Wamuram in Queensland.

The crane driver, aged 53, died at the scene.  The dogger, 48, is in intensive care after many hours of surgery to repair a torn aorta and other serious injuries, including broken ribs.

Qld Police and Workplace Heath & Safety Qld are investigating and haven’t ruled out mechanical failure.


June 21 marks the third anniversary of the horrific swing stage scaffold collapse at the Meriton Pegasus Apartments job on the Gold Coast, in which CFMEU members Chris Gear and Steve Sayer plunged tragically to their deaths.


The worker tragically killed near Dampier port on Saturday June 4 was working for Celtic Scaffolding.

The task he was performing was dismantling the suspended scaffolding from under the jelly ( this was Layer modular scaffold system).

The CFMEU understands that the scaffolding the worker was working on then fell to the water below taking him with it ( at approx 1pm).

His hard hat was spotted, an attempt was made to retrieve him but this was unsuccessful.

Police rescue retrieved the worker's body around 11:30pm.


CFMEU Vic Health & Safety Unit Officer Gerry Ayers writes:

Worker killed in drilling rig collapse


SA Government finally moves on review of OHS laws to improve compliance. SA Unions say we need union right of entry and a proactive inspectorate if we are going to prevent death and injury in the workplace.

View the ABC Report.


OHS Obama

US President Barack Obama issued a proclamation in observance of Workers Memorial Day on April 28 by recognizing the workplace protections won by generations of workers throughout the years and recommitting his administration to ensuring the health and welfare of working Americans.

Notably, he drew attention to the importance of organised labour in the struggle for safe workplaces.