FIFO workers who fear being stigmatised for having mental health problems are up to 24 times more likely than others to experience high psychological distress, according to a major study of Australian remote mining and construction workers.
Three employers have been ordered to pay more than $1.5 million in safety fines and reparations, after two workers were killed - including one who worked nearly 200 hours in the two weeks before his death - and a geotechnical report was ignored.
A major and alarming Harvard University study has found that occupational exposure to radiation, shift work and poor diet has resulted in flight attendants being significantly more likely than others to develop cancer and other adverse health conditions.
A worker's widow has been denied damages for nervous shock, after a superior court rejected her claim that her husband's employer negligently failed to stop him drinking alcohol at the workplace after hours.
A major employer should have undertaken psychological profiling of a worker before offering him a role where he had to deal with threatening situations, a court has found in awarding him more than $150,000 in damages for mental injuries.
A fly-in-fly-out worker was complying with his duty to take steps to prevent the effects of fatigue and safely transition from night to day shifts when he injured his knee playing cricket, a tribunal has found.
A new Code of Practice will help duty holders protect the mental health of fly-in-fly-out workers in the resources and construction sectors, but can be applied to other industries, the draft document says. Meanwhile, a regulator has launched a proactive inspection program for scaffolding across Western Australia.
A worker who claimed his workplace had a flexible timekeeping culture created serious safety issues by regularly leaving without notifying designated staff, the Fair Work Commission has found in upholding his dismissal.