A worker's action in throwing a heavy object at an unlicensed plant operator was not the sole cause of the machine striking and injuring the worker, an appeals court has ruled in ordering the machine's owner to pay him damages.
A five-member Fair Work Commission bench has detailed activities that do and do not constitute consultation with the meaning of the model WHS laws, in finding BHP failed to properly consult its workers before imposing a COVID-19 vaccination mandate at one of its NSW sites.
Giving workers with musculoskeletal pain access to ergonomic equipment and more autonomy can prevent poor work ability across long periods of time, a study has shown. Another study has identified a significant workplace health risk among those with diabetes.
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.
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.
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.
Commonwealth parliamentary workplaces should adopt a consistent approach to WHS matters, develop ways to directly address bullying and s-xual harassment as WHS issues, and implement comprehensive alcohol policies to mitigate risks arising from a "work hard, play hard" culture, Kate Jenkins has recommended.
In a rare category-3 WHS case, a PCBU and its director have been convicted and fined after a balustrade at their site was removed by an unknown person, resulting in a worker sustaining serious fall injuries.
A government department has been fined $200,000 for workplace safety breaches, after a seven-year-old student sustained fatal injuries on a substandard ramp. Meanwhile, PCBUs have been reminded of licensing rules, after a crane overturned.