The jailing of a business owner for industrial manslaughter, the commencement of a mirror WHS Act, legislative changes across most jurisdictions, and a host of judgments on work-related COVID matters, are just some of the issues covered by OHS Alert's first major review report of the year.
In a long-running state-of-connection case, a worker who was injured in NSW has, for the second time, been permitted to pursue damages in a jurisdiction with more generous common law rights, because he was "usually based" there.
The latest defendant to be sentenced over the death of a worker at a Canberra site breached its WHS duty to say "no" to the principal contractor's unsafe demands, a court has found in fining it twice as much as the principal.
A WHS regulator has promised to respond to all workplace health and safety incidents with "firm enforcement and compliance actions", after a PCBU pleaded guilty to a fatality-related contravention. Another regulator has issued a carbon monoxide warning, following a recent death and in light of heavy rains.
An important ruling on the WHS consultation duties around COVID-19 vaccines, several reckless conduct cases and a string of legislative developments were among the safety and workers' comp highlights of the final quarter of 2021. Read this article for everything you need to know from the past three months.