The OFSC works with industry to develop case studies. Case studies detail initiatives used to address WHS issues and practical ideas that can be adopted by industry.
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WHS Case Studies
Case Study - Musculoskeletal Safety Initiatives
Musculoskeletal Safety Initiatives
Examines a number of initiatives implemented by accredited companies aimed at reducing the number and severity of musculoskeletal injuries suffered by their workers.
Case Study - Bouygues Construction Australia
Bouygues Construction Australia
Multi national company Bouygues Construction Australia hails FSC accreditation as global best practise.
Case Study - Hand Safety
Details a number of initiatives accredited companies have undertaken to help combat hand injuries.
Case Study - Origin Alliance
Examines the award winning safety management system used by the Origin Alliance - consisting of Abigroup Contractors, Fulton Hogan and Seymour Whyte - on their Ipswich Motorway Upgrade: Dinmore to Goodna (D2G) project.
Case Study - Brighton Bypass
Details the outstanding safety performance of accredited contractors Thiess, John Holland, VEC Civil Engineering, and Hazell Bros Group while working on the Brighton Bypass project in Tasmania.
Case Study - HMAS Creswell Redevelopment Team
HMAS Creswell Redevelopment Team
Looks at the unique and ironic challenge of safely building a simulator specifically designed to place trainees in life-threatening situations
OHS Case study – Formwork incident
Safety & health lessons learnt Formwork Incident.
When an OHS incident occurs on a construction site, there are lessons that can be learnt for future operations to ensure the safety of all involved.
Driving cultural change in small business: Sharpe Bros (Aust) Pty Ltd.
Safety is everyone's business and Sharpe Bros have implemented a program aimed at developing and maintaining a positive safety culture.
Supporting safe design through education.
Considering safe design during the design phase of a project helps to eliminate or reduce risk of injury during the life of a project.
Effective HSE Management: Ausclad Group of Companies.
Outlines a health and safety management system specifically developed to manage safety in a multi-disciplined organisation.
Abigroup & Leighton joint venture
Safer construction: Working with underground utilities: An Abigroup and Leighton Joint Venture.
This case study focuses on an integrated safety approach, featuring a combination of training and safety initiatives to work with underground utilities, particularly electrical and gas services.
Fall protection in Formwork: Dalma Formwork.
Dalma have used a system of removable handrails and posts to increase the level of fall protection in formwork construction.
Site safety management plan: Walker Corporation.
When Broadway Shopping Centre was constructed, Walker Corporation took into consideration the fact that the building fell under Heritage Commission guidelines.
A W Edwards
Effective OHS initiatives: A W Edwards STAT-EAST Works.
This project undertaken by A W Edwards was conducted underground. As a result they were faced with a number of hazards. Including maintaining air quality and working in a confined space.
Bovis Lend Lease
Safety culture program: Bovis Lend Lease Incident & Injury Free.
Incident & Injury Free is an international program developed by Bovis Lend Lease to encourage a positive health and safety culture in the company.
Work and life balance: Probuild Constructions Victoria.
Probuild support a workplace culture which encourages a work and family balance.
Safety index: Tullamarine-Calder Interchange.
During construction of the Tullamarine-Calder Interchange an OHS benchmark was set above usual construction industry standards.
Managing OHS in a small business: D Williams Builders.
Employing five staff, D Williams Builders have been recognised for their commitment to OHS.
Passport to Safety Excellence Training Program: John Holland Group.
John Holland has a vision of 'No Harm'. The company has put in place safety activities to achieve best practice safety standards.
Page 6: Conclusion
Employers must ensure the Health and Safety of their employees and the wider public who come into contact with their business.
Trade unions like UNISON are set up to look after the interests and welfare of their members, working in partnership with employers to ensure high standards of Health and Safety. UNISON is chiefly concerned with ensuring the long-term health and wellbeing of its members.
Through such partnerships, it can put pressure on employers in many ways. These involve:
- taking a specific interest in women's health issues
- reducing and preventing bullying
- minimising stress
- protecting members from the dangers of passive smoking and repetitive strain injuries from activities such as cleaning and typing.
Everyone should be able to work in a clean, well-maintained, well-lit and ventilated workplace. By joining a trade union like UNISON, the combined strength of the workforce and the union guarantees that proper conditions at work are developed and maintained.