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.
A tribunal has affirmed that dissatisfaction with employer-provided rehabilitation programs does not excuse the failure of injured workers to comply with them, in denying a "resistant" worker a new program with her preferred hours.
A company accused of breaching safety laws, in failing to conduct monthly inspections of scaffolding, has responded to a fall by employing an OHS compliance officer, overhauling its OHS register and entering a $55,000 undertaking.
Two duty holders were entitled to assume a worker instructed to stay away from intruders and contact police in emergencies would not pursue an armed man and put himself in danger, a court has found in denying the worker damages for post-traumatic stress disorder.
A coronial inquest has found a worker's death could have been prevented by simple and inexpensive actions like proactively maintaining personal protective equipment, which, among other things, sends a clear message to workers on the importance of using PPE.
An importer and its director have been fined $1.2 million for multiple category 2 safety breaches, after they failed to ensure their products complied with Australian Standards, and a woman was electrocuted.
An appeals court has rejected an injured worker's renewed bid for damages and her claim that her employer should have implemented a supervisory and inspection regime to prevent her slipping on a grape.
The Department of Defence has been charged with multiple WHS offences relating to the shooting death of a soldier, after a coronial inquest found it failed to implement safety rules recommended by a probe into another death, over which it was heavily fined.
A major report, prompted by a public health emergency declared by US President Donald Trump, has found a high proportion of injured workers are prescribed opioids, often unnecessarily, exposing them to the risk of addiction within days of use and driving up employers' workers' comp costs.