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Defibrillators installed in 100 work vehicles; and more

  • Defibrillators installed in 100 work vehicles, Tas updates COVID WHS tips;
  • Site controller charged over customer's car wash death; and
  • Entire supply chain targeted in vehicle safety campaign.

New safety near-miss duties explained in memorandum

The new notification rules introduced in Victoria require employers to report incidents involving "serious" rather than "immediate" health and safety risks, in a change that captures "near misses" and better aligns the provisions with those in the national model WHS Act, tabled documents have shown.


Court clarifies safety duties to experienced workers

Employers are not required by workplace health and safety laws to "hold the hand" of experienced workers, but must take steps to ensure they have the skills to spot risks and select safe work methods, a court has found in upholding a worker's damages claim.


Employer's heart program played causal role in death

A major employer that sent an executive to a "well-intentioned" but unnecessary and not risk-assessed workplace health check "causally contributed" to her death, a coroner has found.


Safety notification duties extended to near-miss incidents

Employers will be required to report safety "near misses" and incidents involving infectious diseases to a workplace safety regulator, under new Victorian laws that also increase the benefits available to workers with silicosis and similar conditions.


Major employer failing to prevent bullying and harassment, or comply with "positive duty"

A major equal opportunity review, providing important lessons for all employers, has found more than 50 per cent of Ambulance Victoria employees have experienced bullying, and few feel "very safe" at work. It makes 24 recommendations for addressing power imbalances and encouraging a speak-up culture.


Simplify work for busy workplaces to cut stress in peaks

Co-designing tasks and processes with employees is key to removing complexity from their jobs, reducing their stress and helping them stay mentally healthy in the lead up to Christmas and other peak periods, a logistics safety webinar has heard.


Breach of OHS duty to resident attracts $220k fine

An employer has been convicted and fined $220,000 for "serious" departures from its legal duty to non-workers, in the lead up to the suicide death of a youth in its care.

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