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Management action doesn't need to be perfect under workers' comp Act: IRC

A commission has upheld a decision to deny compensation to a worker who suffered an aggravation of her psychiatric illness from an interaction with her supervisor, ruling the supervisor's imperfect actions were reasonable enough under injury laws.


PCBU fined heavily after failed undertaking bid

A PCBU that unsuccessfully attempted to enter a WHS undertaking, to avoid prosecution over a worker's severe foot injuries, has been convicted and fined $300,000, with a judge finding its attempt to install and commission a machine in an ad hoc manner was "inviting trouble".


Poor remote-work set-ups continue to harm workers

Two-thirds of employees who work from home experience mild to severe neck, shoulder and lower back pain, while many self-report poorer performance at home than in the office, a study has found, identifying poor home-office ergonomics as the main contributing factor.


Post-incident upgrades don't save PCBU from conviction

A PCBU has been convicted of WHS contraventions resulting in an employee's arm becoming entrapped in an unguarded conveyer belt roller, with a tribunal rejecting its claim that no conviction should be recorded because of the remedial measures it implemented after the incident.


Routine work task linked to multiple fatalities, injuries

With the seemingly low-risk task of mowing grass causing multiple workplace fatalities in Australia, a coronial inquiry into one of the deaths has called for ride-on mowers to be fitted with gradient alarms, and for a safety regulator to publicise the rollover risk of the machines.


WHS Code on psychosocial hazards finalised; and more

  • SWA finalises model WHS Code on psychosocial hazards;
  • OHS Code on tackling language barriers released in Vic; and
  • Silica advice and revised WHS Codes issued in ACT.

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