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.
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.
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' 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.
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.
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.
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.