Browsing: Shift work


Additional hours created WHS risks and breached FW Act

The Federal Court has in a rare ruling on reasonable additional hours found there were "obvious risks" in requiring a meat worker to put in 50-hour weeks while using knives and lifting heavy weights.


BHP worker's hug and whispers were serious misconduct

In a timely decision, a commission has upheld the sacking of a mine worker for hugging a camp contractor without consent and making lewd comments to her and her co-worker.


Five ways to repair damage from poor COVID responses

A number of employers' responses to the COVID-19 pandemic created suspicion among workers and damaged the "psychological contract", highlighting the need for "relational repair" and workplace safety improvements, according to research conducted with a safety regulator.


Induction program prevents burnout in shift workers

A short program for new workers on how to enhance sleep and other forms of recovery prevented burnout and other stress-related symptoms, Swedish researchers have found.


Fatal seizure attributable to night shift work

A worker's epilepsy-related death was materially contributed to by his late-night shift work and sleep deprivation, a tribunal has ruled in finding his widow is entitled to $400,000 in death benefits.


Eliminating psychosocial hazards cuts major safety risks

Managing psychosocial risks is critical not only to prevent mental health injuries but the occurrence of "major accidents", new guidance material from a WHS regulator has stressed.

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