A principal contractor and a subcontractor have been fined a total of nearly $300,000 after a worker was seriously injured, with a court ruling the former wasn't entitled to rely on the latter to implement agreed safety measures.
Duty holders will switch from "tick the box" compliance to risk-based safety management systems and have easy access to imported technologies that improve safety, under draft Productivity Commission recommendations for the transport sector.
An employer has been fined $650,000 after a worker died in a 12-metre fall from a platform that was completely unsuitable for purpose, making the fall almost inevitable. Meanwhile, a head contractor has entered a $175,000 safety undertaking after a worker was impaled on an obviously hazardous bar.
The majority of Australia's WHS ministers have agreed to maintain the mandatory status of the workplace exposure standards and change the name of the system to make it clear that exposure limits for hazardous chemicals can't be exceeded.
Workplace bullying and harassment is the number one cause of psychological injury claims and employers should consider which "carrots" and "sticks" in their policies are influencing behaviour, according to an icare senior manager.
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There has been little political will to harmonise Australia's workers' comp schemes over the last two decades, but the emergence of the gig economy and a major report on the future of work could force governments to revisit the issue, or at least expand access to workers' compensation.
Employers that implement mental health interventions that focus across the "spectrum of mental health" can expect a significant return on investment within three years, according to new Deloitte research.