A tradesperson who shot an apprentice in the eye with a nail gun could be jailed, and two workers caught "planking" on the job face fines, in two cases that show WorkSafe Victoria is prepared to crack down on unsafe skylarking.
Holidaying carers guilty of $64K WorkSafe fraud; Research finds no trace of mobile phone/tumour link, says industry body; SA Unions call for fairer workers' comp scheme; and WorkCover NSW investigating Orica spill and finger amputations.
Regulators issue warnings on no-go zones after electrocutions; Queensland disasters expose safety gaps, but employers reluctant to invest more in OHS; Tasmania says it could amend harmonised mining laws; and WorkCover SA suspends rehab provider for misconduct.
Employers fined for ignoring Codes of Practice; Safety reviews urged after three horror incidents in 24 hours; OHS prosecutions to be fast-tracked in Victorian blitz; and South Australia offers $412K in OHS research grants.
South Australia to ban synthetic marijuana detected in workers; WorkSafe calls for change after issuing more than 2000 notices; and "Small" safety initiatives to be recognised in revamped Victorian awards.
Workplace bullies face jail as "Brodie's law" passes; Victorian, NSW and Queensland regulators take action after deaths; New WorkCover NSW inspectors to tackle death and injury rates; and WorkSafe prosecutes employer as record notices issued.
WorkSafe Victoria has committed to modernising its IT systems and holding its insurance agents to account, after the State Ombudsman found the agents had withheld payments from injured workers, stymied the return-to-work process and rorted the scheme.
WorkCover NSW funds harmonisation awareness; WorkSafe Victoria announces fatality probe and new campaigns; WorkSafe ACT announces falling premiums, releases harmonisation guides; and Essential OHS news from around Australia.