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FRI
2:49PM

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.

FRI
2:06PM

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.

FRI
12:30PM

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.
THU
2:54PM

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.

THU
11:44AM

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.

THU
8:00AM

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.

WED
3:18PM

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.

WED
1:45PM

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.

TUE
3:31PM

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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