Browsing: Workplace safety


Vaccine claims explained, as safety projects win awards

Presumptive workers' comp protections for COVID-19 do not apply to vaccine injuries and such claims will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, a regulator has advised. Meanwhile, a recruitment company has won a major work safety award in Western Australia for empowering all personnel to report and resolve hazards.


WHS oversight lacking before White Island catastrophe

A review of a workplace safety regulator's activities leading up to the White Island disaster, which killed 22 people, has uncovered a lack of specific expertise requirements in an auditing regime, and "unacceptably long" delays in taking action on unregistered operators.


Employer slammed by FWC for "dropping" injured worker

A commission has ordered a large employer to compensate a worker it dropped "like a hot potato" as soon his workers' comp entitlements ceased, blasting its "disappointing and disturbing" failure to inform itself of its obligations to workers who can't work because of injury or illness.


Publicly available WHS app cuts non-compliance by 52%

A national employer leveraged technology to allow workers across its time-critical operations quick and easy access to easily digestible safety information, yielding a 52 per cent decrease in non-compliance reports in just one year, according to its group executive of environment, health, safety and quality.


Blanket vaccine mandates, stop-bullying-and-harassment orders and other measures introduced

In a busy two days in the west, the State Government has mandated COVID-19 vaccines for most workers, extended emergency safety measures for the pandemic, introduced a major IR Bill with protections for bullied and s-xually harassed workers, and established a compensation scheme for medically retired police.


New worker sent "out on his own", PCBU fined

A PCBU that sent a new employee out on his own to perform dangerous unloading tasks, with "no structure, no procedure and no testing" of his abilities, has been fined $225,000, after the man became trapped under a stack of heavy glass panels.


Q3 2021: Legislation, caselaw and COVID report

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.

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