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Injections deemed surgery in important work injury case

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.


Q3 2021: Legislation, caselaw and COVID report

In this quarterly report, OHS Alert examines all the need-to-know safety and compensation developments from the three months to 30 September 2021, including changes around workplace COVID jabs, the prosecution of a government department, legislative amendments, and a record WHS fine.


Safety climate boost needed for workers at risk of abuse

A strong workplace psychosocial safety climate can reduce the psychological demands on migrant and refugee workers, who are at high risk of abuse and harassment in workplaces, leading Australian safety researchers say.


Employers' injury premiums hinge on High Court ruling

Employers' workers' comp premiums will increase significantly, with some companies facing an "annual hit" of hundreds of thousands of dollars, unless the High Court quashes a judgment allowing injured workers to "combine" their impairments, according to a regulator and South Australia's Treasurer.


PCBUs commit to new hire, AS/NZS ISO 45001 compliance

A PCBU has committed to hiring a "preventative maintenance coordinator" and introducing staff safety bonuses, after a worker's fingertips were amputated. Another company has agreed to spend $361,000 on transitioning to AS/NZS ISO 45001:2018, after a contractor fell through a collapsed floor panel.


Safety switch fault results in $300k fatality fine; and more

  • Safety switch fault results in death and $300k penalty;
  • Regulators lay charges and issue warning after crush deaths; and
  • WHS regulator finalises probe into AFL club, issues fatality alert.

WHS EWP guide clarifies need for spotters, safety duties

Elevating work platforms have been linked to hundreds of workplace injuries and a string of fatalities, with incidents resulting from structural failures, collisions and poor ventilation, Safe Work Australia has warned in releasing new guidance on the hazardous equipment.


Admin controls "never enough" to control risk

Administrative safety controls over-rely on workers' judgement, leave no room for inadvertence or inattention, and are "never enough" on their own, a court has found in convicting an employer over crush injuries.

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