The Fair Work Commission has refused to reopen a worker's anti-bullying application, despite a WHS regulator issuing improvement notices to her employer and advising the parties to seek clarity from the FWC to avoid further conflict.
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Easy accommodations can be made to ensure pregnant women continue to work safely in most workplaces, according to a leading occupational physician who says being pregnancy-friendly benefits organisations' health and safety in general.
A tribunal full bench has confirmed that a worker was entitled to the cost of gastric bypass surgery to manage a work injury, even though the procedure failed to prevent her from requiring further surgeries.
Employers would be wise to assess the safety features of their vehicle fleet, with an automobile safety expert telling a major scientific meeting that cars driven for work are 30 per cent more likely to be in a car crash than those used privately.
Employers should look beyond trying to design the "perfect" roster to eliminate sleep-related worker fatigue, and focus on risk assessment, awareness training and the "four F's", according to a leading circadian biology researcher.
Workers' comp schemes must address injured workers' "normal reactions to injuries" to prevent them from transitioning into permanent disability, the medical director of the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries in the US has told an Adelaide conference.
The wounds that can be seen on workers who have suffered electrical or chemical burns are just the "tip of the iceberg", according to a presentation at a major scientific meeting that should influence workplace first-aid procedures.