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Have you found a way to solve a tricky work health, safety or wellbeing challenge? Maybe you found a new way to make your workplace healthier or safer?
Find useful solutions and case studies here to help improve WHS & Wellbeing.
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Tasmanian Sliding Door Repairs (small business)

WHS & Wellbeing challenge

WHS & Wellbeing issues associated with removal of sliding doors for repair work:

  • Weight of doors (up to 100kg)
  • Awkward wide grip
  • Glass breakage
  • Door being stuck
  • Working alone
  • Repetitious nature of work

WHS & Wellbeing solution

Link to video presentation of lift trolley solution(external link)

  • Modified motorcycle stand/stair climber trolley to assist removal and lifting of sliding glass doors
  • Worked with local engineering company to design and manufacture
  • Trolley has exceeded expectations – lifts a double glazed sliding door (up to 100kg) with ease.
  • Solution recognized by the WorkSafe Awards 2018

St Vincent Industries (medium sized business)

St Vincent Industries - group photo

WHS & Wellbeing challenge

Rag cutting machine used for recycling old clothing presented a number of WHS issues:

  • Poor dust extraction
  • Difficult to maintain
  • Ergonomically not well designed

WHS & Wellbeing solution

  • University of Tasmania’s school of engineering (third year students) were engaged to design a solution
  • Collaborative process with workers to develop solution
  • 26 new rag cutting machines designed and manufactured in Tasmania satisfying relevant Australian Standards and the workforce requirements.
  • Solution recognized by the WorkSafe Awards 2018

St Vincent industries solution

Scorpion Pest Management Pty. Ltd (small business)

Scorpion Team

WHS & Wellbeing challenge

Building and maintaining optimal work health, safety & well-being culture

  • The need to support WHS & wellbeing of all workers
  • Aspiring to the best level possible
  • Learning from incidents
  • Maintaining positive attitudes towards risk management and compliance

WHS & Wellbeing solution

  • External audit performed to identify opportunities for improvement
  • WHS manual with policies and procedures developed
  • New sprayer system to vehicles to minimize back-pack sprayers
  • Reverse sensors to all vehicles
  • Purchase of scaffolding
  • Employee training across all WHS risks (working at height, confined spaces, asbestos awareness, snake handling, first aid, chainsaw and scaffolding awareness).
  • Routine team meetings to communicate and encourage the importance of WHS & wellbeing
Updated: 11th December 2019