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Director fails to avoid liability for fatality; Regulator issues warning after four deaths

The prosecution of a man over a subcontractor's death has shown that under modern workplace health and safety laws, individuals cannot escape liability for breaches by folding a company. Meanwhile, a regulator has called for employers to do more to protect workers performing tasks near trucks, following four fatalities in two months.


Worker unfairly singled out for fatigue breaches

A casual worker was unfairly dismissed for not complying with fatigue management laws and policies, a commission has ruled, finding his supervisors encouraged his alleged non-compliance, and rejecting his employer's claim the dismissal was not related to his coinciding request for a permanent role.


Intimidation fine imposed; WHS changes start; and more

  • WHS intimidation fine and fatality alerts issued in Qld;
  • New stair-height rule commences under Qld WHS Code;
  • WHS changes and criminal checks commencing in NSW;
  • Truck-fire-prevention guide should be used by all fleets: NSW EPA; and
  • Occupational licensing arrangements tweaked in NT.

Study: Interventions to counteract the negative health effects of FIFO stressors

The work and lifestyle behaviours of Australia's fly-in-fly-out workers have been linked to high psychological distress levels and risky health behaviours, a study has found, with the researchers suggesting mental health interventions and awareness campaigns as solutions to poor worker health.


Controversial WHS probe into murder found to be thorough, WHS amendments proposed

A former Federal Court judge has found a WHS regulator's post-inquest investigation into the murder of a nurse was "comprehensive and thorough", but flagged WHS amendments around prosecution procedures and information disclosures, given these matters caused considerable distress to the nurse's family.


Worker targeted for raising safety concern, awarded $10k

A Woolworths employee has been awarded $10,000, after a court found the grocery giant took unlawful adverse action against her for raising safety concerns about a poorly lit car park.


Load restraints deemed inadequate in amputation case

A company has been fined $210,000 for WHS contraventions involving load-restraint failings, after improperly restrained heavy pipes fell from the back of a trailer and crushed a worker's legs, leading to an amputation.


Worker fairly sacked through WHS assessment system

A commission has upheld the dismissal of a forklift operator deemed medically unfit to perform the inherent requirements of his role following multiple surgeries. It rejected the man's claim his employer provided false information for a medical assessment conducted under its WHS management system.


Misperceptions satisfy injury causation test

A Sydney Trains worker has won his renewed injury compensation case, with an appeals commission finding the contributing workplace events, while innocuous to others, were real and aggravated his pre-existing psychological condition.

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