Australia's fatigue management laws are not stopping fatigued workers from driving heavy vehicles, and must be amended to address shift structures and other factors that increase the risk, according to a paper informing the new Heavy Vehicle National Law.
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.
The South Australian Greens are introducing a WHS Amendment Bill to create the offence of industrial manslaughter with an "emergency" defence, while Federal Labor has hinted at plans to better harmonise WHS laws, in addition to introducing the offence nationally.
An employer that recently entered a $500,000 undertaking over alleged dust-related WHS breaches has become Australia's first government body to achieve ISO 45001 certification. Meanwhile, the International Organisation for Standardisation has flagged the publishing date for a new psychological health and safety Standard.
Yesterday's sentencing of South Australia Police (SAPOL) over the death of an employee in a freezer has provided crucial WHS lessons for PCBUs with workers who work alone. Meanwhile, the State Government has flagged laws to protect the health of emergency workers from "disgusting behaviour".
A "world-first" study conducted for the National Transport Commission, which will inform new safety laws, has confirmed the ability of alertness monitoring technology to identify fatigue-related impairment in truck drivers.