Employer fined $650k over "inevitable" fatal fall

Workplace safety, Jurisdiction, Legislation, regulation and caselaw, Issue/challenge/risk
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.

Expanding gig economy revives push for harmonised workers' compensation scheme

Workers' compensation, Jurisdiction, Issue/challenge/risk, Research and reports
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.


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