Queensland's mining industries "continue to rank among the safest in the world", with the latest Safety Performance and Health Report showing that LTIFRs and injury duration rates are falling, State Mining Minister Stirling Hinchliffe says.
When it comes to tackling fatigue, OHS professionals tend to focus on shift workers, but new Australian research shows that thousands of parents who work standard hours are frequently exhausted and vulnerable to injury.
NSW might have been one of the first jurisdictions to pass and enact a mirror Work Health and Safety Act, but the COAG Reform Council has accused it of joining Victoria and Western Australia in "undoing" the harmonisation process. Also in this article, Safe Work Australia has launched new WHS resources for volunteers and HSRs.
WorkCover NSW and WorkSafe Victoria have clarified the alarming cost of workers' compensation claims for stress, industrial deafness and musculoskeletal disorders, and outlined what they plan to do to help employers reduce them.
SWA releases harmonisation Q&A on volunteers; NT employers fined over Canadian worker's death; Queensland Govt warns against mine-safety-levy cut, is accused of rushing harmonised WHS laws; Western Australia's new workers' comp dispute system gets underway; and WorkSafe WA releases FIFO fatigue alert.
The organisations and sectors that will be allowed an additional year to transition to the model WHS Regulations are yet to be determined, leaving employers with little choice but to prepare for a 1 January 2012 commencement date, according to OHS lawyer Michael Tooma.
WorkCover NSW should make it harder for injured workers to claim damages for permanent impairment, or risk the development of an unsustainable "lump sum culture", a PricewaterhouseCoopers report has recommended.