More than 300 high-risk workplaces will be targeted, work processes will be banned and workers' comp laws could be overhauled, under "unprecedented" silica-dust strategies unveiled in Victoria. Meanwhile, regulators have issued warnings after a series of life-threatening crane incidents and fatalities.
In this comprehensive report, OHS Alert reviews all the major WHS and workers' comp developments from the first quarter of 2019, including the unprecedented jailing of company directors, the outcomes of the national WHS review, and significant legislative changes in every jurisdiction.
An employer that failed to act on a series of safety warning signs has been fined $250,000, after a worker inadvertently activated the controls on an elevated work platform (EWP) and was crushed to death.
Australia's first Code of Practice for the mental health of fly-in-fly-out workers, which includes valuable information for multiple industries, has been finalised and released in Western Australia. Meanwhile, a regulator has urged employers to prepare for impending changes to regulations for a hazardous substance.
> Forty-four silicosis claims lodged in Vic, new Code released in WA; > New fitness-for-work tips and WorkSafe inspectors for WA; > WHS Regulations for lead amended in SA; and > Comcare forums target engagement and unknown WHS risks.
An individual has become the second entity to be fined over the deaths of two workers in a smoko area, while a safety commission has identified six potentially common contraventions relating to the development and use of safe work method statements.