> 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.
Woolworths Ltd has escaped prosecution for category 2 WHS breaches, relating to the death of a man who was run over while sleeping in one of its loading docks, after promising to spend nearly $1.8 million on improving back docks, installing defibrillators and other safety initiatives.
The Northern Territory has agreed to introduce industrial manslaughter laws with life imprisonment for company officers within a year, but warned that a review recommendation on workplace health and safety officers (WHSOs) could weaken safety standards.
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A PCBU and its director have escaped prosecution for fatality-related category 2 WHS breaches because of "evidentiary issues", but have been convicted and fined for failing to cooperate with the investigation into the death.
> "Safety reset" agreed on after string of fatalities; > PCBU allegedly failed to act on induction advice before death; > Health department charged with OHS discrimination; and > Prohibition notice numbers nearly tripled in ACT.
> Two-year exemption from new WHS clauses granted in NSW; > Vic passes controversial cancer Bill, offers more WorkWell grants; and > Alerts issued after fatalities, traumatic amputations and other incidents.