August 8, 2014
August 5, 2014
July 31, 2014
|Master Electricians Australia today endorsed the State Government’s decision to lower WorkCover Queensland’s premium rate, saying it would reduce costs for businesses and secure more Queensland jobs in the electrical industry.WorkCover Queensland now has the lowest average rate in the country, of just $1.20 per $100 in wages, since the change came into effect on July 1.
MEA Acting CEO Mark Dearlove said the Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie’s commitment to lowering the WorkCover premium rate had made Queensland’s workers’ compensation scheme the best and fairest in Australia.
“The decision to lower premiums is a boon for Queenslanders as it will reduce business costs and ensure workers continue to receive the best safety protections and benefits,” Mr Dearlove said.
“Queenslanders can still be confident they are covered from the time they leave home for work right through until they return home as protections remain exactly the same.
“Earlier criticism to the changes to reform the Queensland workers’ compensation system were totally unfounded as the premium reductions will directly benefit the majority of WorkCover’s policyholders, and have the positive flow-on effect of easing cost of living pressures for all Queenslanders.”
The change represents an overall 17 per cent reduction for employers and is expected to inject $1 billion back into the Queensland economy over the next four years.
Queensland’s scheme still has the lowest common law threshold of any state at five per cent, other jurisdictions such as NSW, Tasmania and Victoria have thresholds of 15 per cent, 20 per cent and 30 per cent respectively.
Mr Dearlove said WorkCover was a heavy but essential cost of doing business and the Attorney-General’s decision to reduce premiums would simply ease the pressure on business owners.
“We commend the Queensland Government for this cost saving initiative during what has been a difficult time for our industry.”
|Download the Recalls Australia app on your iOS and Android devices. Get the latest on Australian product recalls on the go!
The Recalls Australia app will help you stay on top of the latest recall information, especially when you’re on the move.
The app provides Australian consumers with easily searchable information on Australian consumer good recalls that are featured on the Recalls Australia website.
So you can: search the Recalls Australia database view detailed information on each recalled product receive notifications when new recalls are announced report products you think are unsafe directly to the ACCC (you can even attach a photo of it).
The Recalls Australia app is available at no cost on both iPhone and Android devices.
|The newly designed OsiSense XMLR Pressure Sensor by Telemecanique Sensors allows control and visible indication of pressure within hydraulic or pneumatic systems.
It combines intuitive simplicity with high-quality performance to measure pressure within systems.
|The swivel and reverse display makes installation easy while the two-push button setup allows for simple configuration.The use of up to three output controls provides flexibility and a fast diagnosis function makes maintenance more straightforward than ever.
With a compact size, pressure ranges -1 to 600 bar, IP65 & 67 degree protection and both analogue and digital outputs, system pressure doesn’t get any easier.
For more information visit www.tesensors.com/au/
|Robus has recently launched the new DYNAMO 2W LED Non Maintained Downlight.This recessed, compact, discrete and attractive fitting utilises the latest energy efficient LED technology and comes complete with a battery pack.
It is an alternative to the bulky emergency packs usually associated with backup lighting
|The DYNAMO provides an ideal solution where emergency versions of standard fittings are not available.It has a standard trim to provide a discrete emergency solution of up to 75mm cut-out and an adjustable trim which can cover existing holes-cut outs of up to 110mmm diameter for retro-fit requirements.
The DYNAMO Emergency Downlight uses only 2 watts of power to provide a 3 hour emergency operation when the mains power supply is lost, achieving a high light output of 190 lumens.
For further information on the new DYNAMO 2W Emergency Downlight please log on to: www.robusled.com.au
July 3, 2014
Mr Stowe said Fair Trading has information Charbel Khoury operates Switchiton although he is not a listed director of the company. “We also have evidence Mr Khoury continues to do electrical wiring work while disqualified and there is an ongoing investigation into him and the company,” he said.
Charbel Khoury was a director and the nominated supervisor of Switchworx Electrical Pty Ltd. Switchworx and Charbel Khoury targeted the elderly and vulnerable, falsely representing the need for electrical work. His work was sub-standard and failed to comply with electrical safety standards.
In November 2012, Parramatta Local Court ordered Charbel Khoury and Switchworx to pay $31,162 fines and costs following a conviction on 14 charges under the Australian Consumer Law and the Electricity (Consumer Safety) Act.
At that time $50,000 compensation was paid to affected consumers. Charbel Khoury was disqualified from working in the industry for three years and disqualified for a further three years from holding a licence. His licence and the licence for Switchworx Electrical Pty Ltd were cancelled. Switchiton advertises in local newspapers and online Yellow Pages under its name and registered business names.
Switchiton’s electrical licence 259638C was cancelled by Fair Trading on 14 May 2014. Mr Stowe said Fair Trading had received a number of consumer complaints about Switchiton regarding unethical business practices and overcharging.
“Consumers have reported Mr Khoury attending their homes, conducting electrical work and coercing them into buying unnecessary and expensive electrical services,” he said.
“This is the same behaviour for which he has previously been prosecuted. “Anyone who has had any dealings with him or the company and associated businesses can lodge a complaint at the Fair Trading website or at any Fair Trading or Service NSW Centre.”
Mr Stowe said consumers should only deal with appropriately licensed tradespeople and should check trade licenses with Fair Trading online or by calling 13 32 20. -
|6 piece screwdriver set+ 4 piece SDS carbide set packed in Wiha tool bag.
Two German manufacturers, Wiha and Hella, have combined their best selling products to create a VDE driver set complete with 4 SDS plus drill bits.
Part No WIH00833+SDSKit.
|The Wiha VDE 1000 volt rated screwdrivers have been the driver of choice for many Australian Sparkys, and now come with 5mm, 6mm, 8mm and 10mm SDS Plus drill bits included in the set.
Screwdrivers included are 3mm, 4mm, 5.5mm & 6.5mm slotted as well as PH1 and Ph 2.
All tools are packaged in a handy zip up tool bag and are a must have for any Sparky working in the construction or maintenance.
Exclusive to RHA stores during June and July.
|- 30USBCM – Standalone Charger- 2015USBC / C2015USBC – Single powerpoint with 1 x USB Charger
- 2015USB2C / C2015USB2C – Single powerpoint with 2 x USB Charger
|Designed in Australia, Clipsal by Schneider Electric’s innovative USB charger offers adaptability, efficiency and reliability in one convenient universal mech.Compatible with a range of plate offers and colours, it includes protection against adverse electrical and temperature conditions.Providing up to 1.2 amps, it is efficient in charging times with minimal standby energy consumption.
When used instead of GPOs, it reduces maximum circuit demand lowering infrastructure requirements and costs.
Available soon, drop into your local branch for more information!
|ROBUS has just launched a new catalogue.Featuring over fifteen innovative and exciting new products, such as the high lumen output BAT and DOCK LED Highbays and the sleek range of recessed ETERNITY LED downlights.
With an emphasis on product imagery, installation images, quality procedures at the LED Group and useful information on LED Technology, this 110 page catalogue is ahead of the market in terms of design, sophistication and usability.
|For further information on new products featured in the new Robus catalogue please log on to: www.robusled.com.au For detailed information or more images please contact:
Stephanie Walsh Marketing Executive LED Group
Tel: +353 1 709 9000