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THU
11:38AM

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.

WED
3:56PM

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".

WED
2:53PM

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.

TUE
3:20PM

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.

TUE
2:23PM

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.

MON
2:40PM

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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