Presumptive workers' comp protections for COVID-19 do not apply to vaccine injuries and such claims will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, a regulator has advised. Meanwhile, a recruitment company has won a major work safety award in Western Australia for empowering all personnel to report and resolve hazards.
A review of a workplace safety regulator's activities leading up to the White Island disaster, which killed 22 people, has uncovered a lack of specific expertise requirements in an auditing regime, and "unacceptably long" delays in taking action on unregistered operators.
A company that failed to comply with its legislative duty to conduct computer modelling of planned changes to a mine's ventilation system has been convicted and fined $480,000, after a worker was exposed to unsafe levels of heat and diesel fumes, and died.
A commission has ordered a large employer to compensate a worker it dropped "like a hot potato" as soon his workers' comp entitlements ceased, blasting its "disappointing and disturbing" failure to inform itself of its obligations to workers who can't work because of injury or illness.
A national employer leveraged technology to allow workers across its time-critical operations quick and easy access to easily digestible safety information, yielding a 52 per cent decrease in non-compliance reports in just one year, according to its group executive of environment, health, safety and quality.
In a busy two days in the west, the State Government has mandated COVID-19 vaccines for most workers, extended emergency safety measures for the pandemic, introduced a major IR Bill with protections for bullied and s-xually harassed workers, and established a compensation scheme for medically retired police.
Injecting synthetic fluids into a worker's injured knee can be considered surgery covered by compensation laws, a tribunal full bench has confirmed in an important ruling on medical definitions and expenses.
Three PCBUs and a director that failed to comply with basic height and machine operation requirements have been handed penalties totalling more than $300,000, after workers sustained life-changing injuries.
A PCBU that sent a new employee out on his own to perform dangerous unloading tasks, with "no structure, no procedure and no testing" of his abilities, has been fined $225,000, after the man became trapped under a stack of heavy glass panels.