In this update, OHS Alert revisits all the important work health and safety and workers' compensation legislative changes from the third quarter of 2019. We also recap the most significant court and tribunal rulings and other developments from across the country.
A superior court has confirmed an employer isn't liable for an "injury" sustained by a worker while walking at work, but stressed that the man's claim wasn't defeated by the boxes his doctor did or didn't tick on his medical certificate.
Building workplace cultures where both official and unofficial leaders demonstrate a commitment to health and safety, and workers are shielded from the stigma associated with injury claims, is one of five action areas of a new national return-to-work strategy.
Employers have been urged to review their leave accrual practices, after a full Federal Court ruled that workers are entitled to 10 calendar days of sick leave per year regardless of the number of hours they normally work on each shift.
> Draft WHS Code targets 6,000-plus workers and fall risks in NSW; > New OHS Regulations deliver on silicosis plan in Vic; > WHS Regulations for lead and diving amended in NT; and > WHS innovation and research grants offered by Tas.
A worker's actions in "counselling" and psychologically injuring a colleague cannot be considered reasonable action "taken by an employer" unless the worker's role involves managing and disciplining the colleague, a tribunal has ruled.