A new Safe Work Australia report has found that regulators conducted 135,000 workplace visits and handed out nearly 47,000 notices in 2012-13, but the number of reactive visits is decreasing in some jurisdictions.
NSW employers fined for construction and dangerous goods breaches; NZ employer fined after worker killed by dilapidated forklift; SWA and NSW release workers' compensation reports and guidance; New NOPSEMA boss appointed; and Australia's safest seafarers announced.
WorkCover NSW should hold tardy insurers to account and restore injured workers' access to medical aids and other benefits for life, while lawyers should be paid for their involvement in work capacity reviews, a parliamentary inquiry has found.
The number of serious injury claims per year is continuing to drop, but the average amount of time lost from work keeps rising, according to a new Safe Work Australia report. The agency has also released a report that recommends changing the workplace lead exposure limits in the model WHS Regulations.
Proposed changes to Commonwealth safety and workers' comp laws will drive up premiums for single-state employers, increase red tape and reduce worker protections, a Senate Committee has been told - but it recommends passing the amendments.