Work related accidents within the warehousing & distribution industry remain a major issue, with many thousands of reportable incidents recorded each year. Workers in this industry have a higher than average likelihood of being injured at work.

The most common types of accidents are:
• Slips, trips, and falls.
• Manual Handling injuries -related to repetition, lifting, reaching, pulling, and pushing.
• Material handling incidents such as dropped boxes and forklift accidents.

This industry is a high risk environment that traditionally relies heavily on contractors and labour hire staff, which can also present unique management and health and safety challenges. This further demonstrates the necessity of a robust safety management platform and consultation processes with not only your direct employers but contractors and sub-contractors throughout the Chain of Responsibility.

With over 25 years “hands on” experience in warehousing & logistics, working with one site facilities through to multi-nationals, Fundamental Safety Consultants are specialists in understanding and subsequently supporting the Warehousing & Distribution sector.

We offer further specialisation in:
• Dangerous Goods Compliance
• Chain of Responsibility and
• Quarantine Approved Premises.

Encourage safety practices beyond minimum compliance.

For more information call us on 07 3878 8920 or use our contact page.

On-hire firms should have a safety management system that protects all on-hired staff, whether they are supplying white or blue collar industries.  Even with the most comprehensive systems in place – how do you ensure the safety of your workers when placed at host employer sites?

Servicing a variety of host employers across a breadth of industries can be a challenge, particularly when they have varying standards of safety attentiveness.  Are you confident your Account Managers and Consultants have the skill sets to identify hazards and areas of noncompliance across your client base?

We are aware that it is often difficult to negotiate your way through safety inspections and risk assessments on sites prior to placing your first candidate.   Pre-employment and on site inductions cannot be a tick and flick exercise.  Consultation, verification of competency and risk awareness are all mandatory.  Whether a worker is in a four hour or four-month assignment your obligations and duties as a PCBU remain the same.

As a labour hire PBCU under the work health and safety laws, it is your duty to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of workers during their placement with a host PCBU. It is your duty to eliminate or, if that is not reasonably practicable, minimise risks to health and safety a labour hire worker may encounter.  Furthermore, you must ensure that you have a documented system in place for the management of work health and safety including trained staff.

With over 20 years working with and directly managing on hire labour companies, Fundamental Safety Consultants are well equipped to assist with Safety Management Systems, Consultation Strategies and “on the ground” workplace health and safety support to your business for the benefit of you, your workers and host employer sites.

Encourage safety practices beyond minimum compliance. 

For more information call us on 07 3878 8920 or use our contact page.

Workplace health and safety advice and guidance for the road haulage and distribution industries.

The most common types of accidents are:

  • Falls from vehicles
  • Load restraint
  • Slips & trips

Not only do you have your own site and employee’s to consider but considering the Chain of Responsibility; does your Safety Management System adequately cater for Consigners, Packers, Receivers, Owner-drivers?

You have a duty to ensure road safety laws are followed if you are involved in any of the following transport activities:

  • consigning goods
  • packing goods in containers or on pallets
  • loading a vehicle
  • driving a commercial vehicle
  • operating a business that controls the use of a commercial vehicle
  • receiving goods

There is also specific legislation relating to:

  • transporting dangerous goods
  • mass and dimension limits
  • load restraint requirements
  • fatigue management

Further consideration should be applied for the high concentration of contractor’s/labour hire, young workers and public road users/pedestrians.

With a long history in working for and supporting businesses with in the Logistics/Supply Chain industry; Fundamental Safety Consultants can offer comprehensive Workplace Health and Safety support to your business.

Encourage safety practices beyond minimum compliance.

For more information call us on 07 3878 8920 or use our contact page.

It is important to remember that health and safety legislation applies equally to white collar industries. When compared to heavy industry this may not be considered a “high risk” environment and it may be tempting to dismiss the risks faced by office workers as being limited to paper cuts.  Whilst hazards in the office may not always be as obvious as those in factories or construction sites there is a range of safety and health issues that require due consideration.

The most common hazards in the corporate/office environment are typically

  • workplace stress and fatigue,
  • bullying
  • musculoskeletal disorders from repetitive use of the hands
  • slips, trips and falls

Physical, environmental, organisational and psychological hazards should all be considered when implementing a workplace safety management system.

With businesses often requiring staff to be available 24×7 the traditional office environment now includes off site locations and working from home.  Does your safety management system and risk assessment process adequately address this scope?

Fundamental Safety Consultants can work with you to:

  • identify and risk assess safety and health issues in the office;
  • implement strategies to encourage consultation on safety and health issues;
  • help employers meet their compliance responsibilities;
  • give guidance on where to go for further information and help.

Encourage safety practices beyond minimum compliance.

For more information call us on 07 3878 8920 or use our contact page


As a store owner or centre manager you know how important it is to ensure you have a safe, hazard free environment for your customers and staff. 

Whether you are a stand-alone structure or part of a larger group of retailers, consistency in your work environment, training, induction and consultation of personnel is paramount.  Back of shop and loading docks require the same attentiveness as your main service counter.  Further consideration in the supply chain is required if you make deliveries as part of your business.

Most common injuries in retail include:

  • Muscoskeletal injuries
  • Slips, trips or falls
  • Burns or cutting wounds
  • Workplace stress – bullying

New Retailers – Do you have a safety management system in place?  Have you identified potential hazards, risk assessed and consulted with stakeholders?

Chain Retailers – are your policies, processes and procedures consistent throughout your branches?  Are you confident with compliance at shop level?

Centre Managers – are your lessors ensuring new staff are aware of emergency, evacuation and security procedures?  Do you have shared service area’s such as loading docks, car park, service entries for which you have responsibility over other people’s actions?  Are all stakeholders on the same page?

Contact us to discuss your areas of need and find out where we may be able to support.

Encourage safety practices beyond minimum compliance.

For more information call us on 07 3878 8920 or use our contact page.

Risk based decision making is not new to the Air Freight industry. Identifying critical safety, security and efficiency issues is paramount to ensuring the industry meets demand in a time critical environment.

Time critical environments, increased pressure, peak periods and unique equipment combined with the “human factor” and knowledge to make informed decisions are what organisation’s in this industry look to achieve – with confidence.

Do you want conscientiously safe operators, not operators who make an inadvertent mistake and fail to report due to concern over consequence?

If there is a process flaw, whether human or mechanical, do you want to know about it, learn from it, and implement the changes necessary to prevent it from happening again?

Procedure review, consultation with workers, induction and training, a high casual workforce, rotating shifts, lack of understanding are frequent contributors to workplace errors and incidents.

At Fundamental Safety Consultants we have the ability to provide supplementary or ongoing support in compliance auditing which results in accountability, ownership and continuous improvement strategies.

Additionally, supporting your health and safety culture we can aid in consultation, process review, workplace observations and inspections, WHS employee surveys, drug and alcohol screening and implementation of employee assistance programs.

Encourage safety practices beyond minimum compliance.

For more information call us on 07 3878 8920 or use our contact page.

The most common incidents/injuries in Sea Freight are:

  • Being struck or crushed by a vehicle or loads.
  • Falling from a height or from the same level.
  • Slipping and tripping.
  • Sustaining musculoskeletal disorders due to heavy or repetitive loads.
  • Environment

Using the correct MHE, using best practice packing and unpacking techniques, training your staff in load restraint and hazard recognition are practical steps to minimising risk and likelihood of injury.

In addition to WHS compliance Fundamental Safety Consultants can assist with:

  • Chain of Responsibility
  • Department of Agriculture requirements
  • Dangerous Goods
  • Border Control requirements

Encourage safety practices beyond minimum compliance. 

For more information call us on 07 3878 8920 or use our contact page.

With over 7 years management experience with regard to DG warehousing, storage & distribution, to the extent of also having managed a major hazard facility (MHF), Fundamental Safety Consultants are well positioned to review your environment and assist with compliant outcomes.

Whilst the hazards that exist in all other industries inherently apply, the addition of hazardous and / or dangerous goods can add many complex layers to your safety systems, not to mention the increase in danger to your business and most importantly it’s people.

What volumes or classes of DG or hazardous goods exist within or could pass through your business ? what stages of your supply chain require; notification to regulatory bodies ? placarding ? additional PPE ? storage and / or handling specific requirements ? additional training ? emergency management plans ? specialised equipment ? ….. the list goes on…..

For more information call us on 07 3878 8920 or use our contact page.

Australian Bureau of Statistics Work-related Injuries Survey showed that young workers (aged 15 to 24 years) in the Manufacturing industry recorded an injury rate 44% higher than the corresponding rate for young workers in all other industries combined.

Musculoskeletal injuries account for more than half of the injuries in the manufacturing industry. These are most commonly caused by manual handling or repetitious tasks or via slips, trips and falls.

Crush injuries, cuts and lacerations are also common and typically caused by machinery and equipment such as forklifts, lifting equipment, knives, saws and presses.

The most common Hazards found in manufacturing workplaces can include:

  • dangerous machinery and equipment
  • awkward lifting, repetitive movements, as well as pushing and pulling.
  • exposure to hazardous substances and dangerous goods
  • exposure to extreme heat or cold
  • infectious diseases.

Being an industry that largely runs rotating shifts; fatigue management, health and lifestyle are likely contributors to the overall safety and well-being of workers.

Manufacturing is a diverse industry that is high risk.  Reducing workplace injuries can have a positive impact on operating efficiencies. With appropriate risk controls many hazards can be removed or reduced; reducing the likelihood of incident or injury. 

There is no reason not to take steps towards implementation of a positive and pro-active safety management system.  If you already have a system in place, consider an audit and gap analysis to identify areas of strength and exposure to further strengthen your organisation’s safety culture.

Consult, Find, Assess, Fix & Review.  At Fundamental Safety Consultants we will combine our knowledge into actions that will give you results.

Encourage safety practices beyond minimum compliance.

For more information call us on 07 3878 8920 or use our contact page.