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SafeWork NSW is encouraging workers to download the mobile app ‘Speak Up, Save Lives’, which allows everyone to anonymously report workplace health and safety issues.

Minister of Better Regulation and Innovation, Mr Kevin Anderson, said the app makes it easier than ever to report workplace risks by sending photos of unsafe practices directly to SafeWork NSW.

“SafeWork inspectors do a fantastic job – but they can’t be everywhere at once. The app is a quick, easy and confidential way for anyone to report unsafe worksite or work practices using only their mobile phone,” Mr Anderson said.

“If you spot anything risky, play your part in protecting your own safety as well as that of your work mates by immediately reporting it to SafeWork.”

Mr Anderson said the ‘Speak Up, Save Lives’ app and web-based tool was developed in consultation with the industry and the family of Christopher Cassaniti, an 18-year old who lost his life in a tragic workplace incident last year.

“Since launching ‘Speak Up, Save Lives’ as a web platform in October last year, SafeWork has received 1647 reports from workers, handed out 472 improvement notices and $56,880 in penalties,” Mr Anderson said.

“Any number of terrible incidents could have happened as a result of these safety issues and Speak Up means that workers can report issues before these incidents occur and prevent anyone from having to go through what the Cassaniti family have been through.”

Mr Anderson said the most important feature of Speak Up is confidentiality as workers who are casually employed, on temporary or labour hire contracts, or from a CALD community, are less likely to raise concerns about unsafe work.

“Speak Up, Save Lives breaks down those barriers and allows reports to be made completely anonymously,” Mr Anderson said.

Type in ‘Speak Up NSW’ to your Apple or Android store or SafeWork website to report unsafe work, anywhere, anytime.

September 6, 2020 / by / in ,
Winner- One Lucky Subscriber of The Australian Arbor Age

Thanks to our friends at Husqvarna, the 530iPT5 Telescopic Pole Saw has been the hot prize of the year, and now one lucky subscriber of The Australian Arbor Age gets to take it home!

And the winner is… Jason Quinn from Farmborough Heights, NSW.

Jason was very surprised and grateful in receiving the news ofhis win. He is looking forward to working with his new Husqvarna 530iPT5 Telescopic Pole Saw, which will be a great addition to his Husqvarna chainsaw.

Jason had an interesting story to share with us: “I am originally from Batemans Bay, on the South Coast of NSW. I am currently working for Bohmers Tree Care, in Wollongong NSW, as ground worker and trainee arborist.

“I have started my Certificate III in Arboriculture at Yallah TAFE and in the past few weeks I have started climbing as well.

“Recently, I attended a job at Russell Vale Primary School where I assisted in the removal of a Sydney Blue Gum. As it turns out, this particular tree was planted in the late ‘70s by my grandfather, Allan Quinn, who was the Principal of the school. To my grandfather’s delight, I cut a piece of logwood from this tree for him to keep as a souvenir.”

“I have received a subscription to The Australian Arbor Age as a gift from my three sisters. I find the magazine very useful to keep me up-to-date with the latest climbing gear and technology, particularly since beginning my TAFE course and myclimbing career.”

The Husqvarna 530iPT5 Telescopic PoleSaw has all the features that will help Jason on the job, day in day out.

It offers maximum performance and durability with low weight, excellent ergonomics and quiet operation for use in any location at any time of day. With its 5m telescopic reach, its performance surpasses petrol equivalents.

We’ll keep in touch with Jason to hear how he’s put the Husqvarna 530iPT5 Telescopic Pole Saw through its paces.

Thanks to the team at Husqvarna for their long-term support and we wish all our subscribers good luck for our next draw.

Check out the details of the 2020-2021 prize offering on page 80-81.

For more information regarding subscriptions, turn to page 81, call (02) 9452 4517 or subscribe online in a few clicks at www.arborage.com.au

September 1, 2020 / by / in ,
Small Business Hub

Safe Work Australia has created a new COVID-19 work health and safety information hub for small businesses.

The new Small Business Hub has tailored information and tools to help businesses manage risks from COVID-19 and keep people safe at the workplace.

The hub has guidance and resources for businesses transitioning back to usual operations as restrictions ease, as well as businesses that have been able to stay open safely. It also features a new series of short videos with information on key COVID-19 work health and safety topics including risk assessments, physical distancing and cleaning the workplace.

A range of other resources and tools are also available in the hub, including a small business planning tool, guidance on work health and safety duties, and practical resources including posters and checklists.

Safe Work Australia has created an infographic tool to support small businesses to operate safely and manage work health and safety risks from COVID-19.

  • understanding and following public health rules and work health and safety (WHS) laws
  • assessing and managing WHS risks
  • ongoing review and monitoring

Go to Safe Work Australia’s COVID-19 Small business planning tool, available at www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/doc/small-business-planning-tool-covid-19. WHS guidance for COVID-19 is also available for over 30 different industries on key topics including duties under WHS laws, risk assessments, physical distancing, cleaning and hygiene.

Check the COVID-19 Information for workplaces page available at www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/covid-19-information-workplaces. Other resources including checklists, guides and fact sheets are also available in the COVID-19 Business resource kit at www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/collection/covid-19-resource-kit

For more information go to the Safe Work Australia COVID-19 Small Business Hub at www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/covid-19-information-small-business

August 24, 2020 / by / in ,
Set Up Your MyGovID

Businesses using the ATO’s business portal to lodge BAS or enrol for certain government assistance payments will need a myGovID.

The ATO is reminding businesses using the ATO’s Business Portal for the first time that they will need to set up a myGovID if they don’t already have one.

Through the Business Portal you can apply for certain government assistance programs, lodge activity statements and pay super guarantee through the Small Business Superannuation Clearing House (SBSCH).

The ATO’s Chief Digital Officer John Dardo says the ATO is here to help those needing to set up a myGovID quickly.

“In the past weeks we’ve seen over 800,000 ABNs logging into ATO portals.

We have also seen over 120,000 ABNs setting up their myGovID to enable them to have online access. We expect to see similar enrolments in the coming weeks.

“If you need to use the ATO Business Portal and you don’t have a myGovID yet don’t worry. Just download the myGovID app and follow the steps. Over 80 per cent of people can set it up without any assistance. If you get stuck, we have instructions and videos on the web and our call centres are able to help.”

myGovID is an app you download to your smart device to prove who you are online. It uses the security features in your device such as fingerprint or face recognition and passwords to protect your identity and stop others accessing your information.

After downloading the app and setting up your myGovID, you need to link your myGovID to your business using Relationship Authorisation Manager (RAM). Together, myGovID and RAM provide a  flexible, easy and secure way to access the ATO’s Business Portal.

“myGovID is associated with an individual rather than a computer, making it flexible and portable. This means you can continue to access the Business Portal when you’re working from home.

All you need is a compatible smart device and a browser with internet access.”

What you need to set up your myGovID:

  • Step 1: Set up your myGovID – download the myGovID app from the App Store or Google Play and use your Australian identity documents (two of the following: driver’s licence, Medicare card, birth certificate, passport) to enrol
  • Step 2: Log in to RAM at https://info. authorisationmanager.gov.au) using your myGovID and link your business
  • Step 3: (optional), Authorise your employees and others in RAM to act on behalf of your business online

They will receive an email to accept the authorisation request using their myGovID.

When you’ve completed these steps you’ll be able to use your myGovID to log in to the Business Portal.

Find out more about myGovID at www.ato.gov.au/mygovid

August 16, 2020 / by / in ,
WHS Laws

You may be an officer and have an important duty under WHS laws.

Safe Work Australia has released guidance material to help small business owners or operators understand their role as officers and their responsibilities under WHS laws.

“If you make or influence the significant financial or operational decisions for a business then you may be an ‘officer’ under WHS laws”, said Safe Work Australia’s CEO Michelle Baxter.

“As an officer, you have a duty under WHS laws to look for ways to lead on WHS matters.” “Our new guidance material includes videos of real officers explaining how they fulfil this important role within their business,” said Ms Baxter. Safe Work Australia produced the guidance material after investigations found that small businesses needed more practical guidance about their WHS obligations.

The guidance material, including short videos, is available on a dedicated web page for officers – www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/ topic/officer-duty A broader guide for officers of businesses of all sizes is also available.

For more information visit www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au and look up further info about WHS Laws at www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/glossary#WHS

July 26, 2020 / by / in ,
National Return To Work Strategy 2020-2030

Return to work after an injury or illness is a critical time for any employee.

A new national strategy has been designed to drive action to improve return to work outcomes for workers with a work-related injury or illness.

Diane Smith-Gander AO, the Chair of Safe Work Australia, introduces the landmark ‘National Return to Work Strategy 2020- 2030’ that sets an ambitious 10-year action plan to improve return to work outcomes for workers across Australia.

Workers are at the heart of the Strategy’s vision to minimise the impact of workrelated injury and illness and enable workers to have a timely, safe and durable return to work.

Supporting workers through their recovery and return to work is a priority for all jurisdictions and stakeholders involved in the process. The Strategy paves the way for national collaboration to improve return to work outcomes over the next decade.

The Strategy was developed in partnership with governments, business, industry and unions, and endorsed by work health and safety ministers. Consultation was also undertaken with academics, peak bodies, organisations and representatives from the insurance, legal and health sectors to help identify national policy issues and action areas to address them.

The Strategy is designed to be sufficiently broad so those involved in the return to work process can determine how they can best contribute to implementing the Strategy. It is aimed at people who can influence work and workplaces, including:

  • Policy makers
  • Workers’ compensation authorities
  • Employer, industry and union groups
  • Insurers and claims management organisations
  • Treating health practitioners
  • Workplace rehabilitation providers, and
  • Other worker advocates.

For info visit www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/national-return-to-work-strategy-2020-2030

July 22, 2020 / by / in ,
New Appointment

JLG Australia appoints new General Manager.

Leading manufacturer and distributor of AWPs, JLG Industries (Australia), has appointed Scott Daly to the position of General Manager.

Scott is a long serving member of JLG’s senior management team having filled the role of interim General Manager since December last year, prior to this, he held the position of Sales Director with the company. The official appointment comes during challenging business conditions, but Scott said he was optimistic of the future and would rally his team to adapt to the changing market, putting the business in a favourable position for when normality returned.

“JLG has enjoyed strong performance over the past year but we know that in light of current events, there’ll be some uncertainty in the coming months,” he said.

“As a company we’ll be focusing on how to remain more agile to better adapt to changing market needs. We’ll also be placing our internal processes under the microscope to look for improved efficiencies – a slowing market provides the perfect opportunity for these sorts of activities.”

On the product front, JLG has recently added the ‘Power Tower’ low level access equipment range to its portfolio, and Scott said he was excited by the new opportunities that this range would provide.

“Having the Power Tower equipment range opens up new markets for us in Australia and New Zealand which we are looking forward to exploring,” he said.

“Additionally, across the JLG product line-up, this year we’ll see around 20 new or revised products launched. Some of this equipment will be updates for existing models, but we’ll also be introducing several new technologies to keep us ahead of the pack.”

“JLG already has a great rapport with clients along with a customer-centric operating philosophy, however there are opportunities to further strengthen these bonds. It’s one thing to have a premium product range, but it needs to be properly supported to make maximum impact,” he said.

“I think another contributor to our ongoing success will be the quality of our staff and their commitment to customer service and to the JLG brand. Among our team of 200 plus, we have more than 50 people that have bee with JLG in excess of 10 years. This provides us with a great skillset and a lot of experience that we can then support the market with.”

According to Scott, JLG’s large existing client base, broad network of outlets, mobile servicing and support capabilities and expansive product range, would hold it in good stead for the remainder of 2020 and beyond.

“The next few months will be tricky but once we pass this time, I’m sure that we’ll be able to get through any future challenges as a company,” he said.

Call 131 JLG

For more information visit www.jlg.com.au

July 20, 2020 / by / in ,
Lift Industries And Terex Utilities

Lift Industries, working alongside a versatile Terex Utilities, is now widening its range of products to be offered throughout Australasia.

Lift Industries can now supply a versatile range of the Terex Utilities products to meet the growing needs of the customer. Lift Industries is now offering the new fully insulated Terex XT Pro Series with its latest design of the tree trimmer series. The XT PRO Series offers quality, simplicity and durability all in one unit. The new design holds true to the reputation of a reliable tree trimmer.

Here are just some of the features that the XT Pro Series provides the customer with a simple, low maintenance unit, reduced weight at the boom tip providing 181kg platform capacity, compact storage of booms and features reduced boom speed movement which allows for minor boom positioning/ adjustment without kicking out the tool circuit.

The Terex XT Pro Series tree trimmers optional longitudinal lift provides up to 22.9m of working height and an upper boom articulation of 250° and 125° of lower boom articulation. Combine all of these items together and you have a tree trimmer that will meet a customer’s needs in a number of areas.

Hypower Leaner, Cleaner and Greener The Terex® HyPowerTM IM system is an E-PTO idle mitigation system designed to reduce fuel consumption by offsetting idle time with cleaner, less expensive plug-in electricity.

When activated, the system automatically manages the source for hydraulic power to the aerial device. It utilises battery power to eliminate idling associated with standby and boom positioning. It is customisable to program to start from 20 seconds to 45 seconds depending on the customer preference. After set time of continuous boom movement, the engine starts and provides hydraulic power for the rest of the time the boom is moving plus 60 seconds. The engine will stop after 60 seconds of no boom movement. It returns to E-PTO mode.

The HyPowerTM IM is designed to take advantage of Plug-in Electrical Power. A shore power standard 240V plug mounted on the tail shelf is used to charge the lithium ion batteries.

The HyPowerTM IM system features include a 48v Lithium ion battery system, a GripTM Controller with in-cab display and simple interfacing, monitors for engine idle, battery voltages and in-cab temperatures, anti-theft option and heater options to meet your working needs with rapid charging system that allows for batteries to charge in 30-45 minutes as well as shore power for charging with the use of a 240 V in 2-3 hours.

This product can be offered on the LT, LTM, TL up to 60’ and XT Pro Series. Terex can also offer a full HyPower system which is designed specifically for the utility industry. It’s ideal for utility trucks that spend long periods of time working from a stationary position with the benefit of idle reduction. Saving fuel while reducing noise and emissions shouldn’t force you to compromise on features.

Call Lift Industries (07) 3467 1646

For more information visit www.liftindustries.com.au

July 12, 2020 / by / in ,
Tools of The Trade

I have a liability policy. Does this cover my tools? No!

Tools of Trade cover is a separate policy that provides in most policies Australia Wide cover for all your Tools.

If any of your tools got stolen can your business still run? Or if your entire toolbox was stolen how much would it cost you to replace all of the items in it, including many of the items that you have built up over many years? Tools of Trade cover can provide cover for these items and not leave you out of pocket or unable to work without these items.

Insurers don’t need an individual list of items but will need a value for them, and some may require you to specify items if they are over a certain value – around $2500 depending on the value of the item.

They will cover any item regardless of the sum insured but need to know what they are covering so they can ensure you are adequately protected and can receive the right sum insured in the event of a claim.

It is important to check your policy on a Tools of Trade policy as sometimes the cover can be limited by either location or theft exclusions.

For example, if a tool was stolen from a non-locked vehicle, toolbox, shed or back of a ute, it may not be covered depending on the policy.

Can you afford to run your business without your tools? Or will the small cost of Tools of Trade insurance provide adequate protection
to keep you running in a frustrating time when your tools have been stolen?

For assistance with any of your insurance needs please contact Mick Le Grand, Director of Programs at Fitzpatrick & Co.on (03) 8544 1634 or email [email protected].

Fitzpatrick & Co has specialized in the horticulture and arboriculture industry for more than 30 years, providing assistance and financial support to companies, associations and events. They are there when your industry needs you.

July 5, 2020 / by / in , ,
Go Where Others Can’t

Introducing the largest Spider Lift in Australia.

Monitor Lifts have delivered the first Platform Basket 43T Spider Lift in Australia. This popular brand of Spider Lifts, previously stretching from 13m to 33m working height, now has a beast of a big brother!

With a massive 43m (141 ft) of working height, and up to 17m of horizontal outreach, the new 43T Spider Lift is truly a formidable weapon. Combined with a huge 330kg / 3 man basket capacity, this machine has the ability to tackle the toughest jobs where size really does matter!

Even though it can provide massive reach, the new 43T Spider Lift is incredibly compact. Stowing to only 1.4m wide, under 2m tall, and having the ability to setup in around 3m of width, thanks to the 3 position stabiliser legs system, you will certainly “Go where others can’t”!

The remote control provides slow/fast drive speed, precise and accurate auto levelling, and quick boom movements, guaranteeing highly productive outcomes on the job!

 

The enormous amount (1.3m) of stabilizer leg travel allows the 43T Spider Lift to set up and operate in the most challenging terrain.

The powerful 37 HP Kubota Diesel engine and multi-torque track drive system will ensure it gets to the location with ease. The tracks are independently raised/lowered from the radio control unit, allowing you to level the chassis on sloping terrain which provides excellent control of stability and centre of gravity.

With its main telescopic boom, coupled with the unique telescopic fly jib and platform rotation, the 43T Spider Lift will also allow operators to manoeuvre the basket into the work zone with fine precision. And once the job is complete, hold in the ‘Auto-Stow’ button and the machine fully stows the booms for you.

Available with a powerful on-board lithium battery system, the 43T Spider Lift can be fully operated on battery, greatly reducing noise and elimination any emissions. Brilliant for operation around residential areas, schools, university’s, etc. And it’s very easy to charge the batteries – simply plug into a standard 10 amp power supply.

Combined with Monitor Lifts’ unmatched National customer service team, this is truly a winning package.

For further information, call 1800 025 024. or visit www.monitor.net.au

June 28, 2020 / by / in ,