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.
> Workplace first-aid changes boost emergency response; > New WHS Code takes effect in NSW; > Alerts issued after Brazil disaster, other incidents; and > Vic amendments remove unsafe loophole for nursing.
Victoria will introduce industrial manslaughter laws, Australia's highest maximum work safety fine of more than $16 million, and special workers' comp benefits for emergency workers, after Labor retained power in Saturday's State election.
> New WHS plan comes out of Dreamworld-prompted review; > Safety strategies target festivals and childcare in NSW and WA; > OHS amendments exempt mines from MHF rules in Vic; and > Best WHS systems and cultures announced in Tas.