Labour-hire companies across four industry sectors will be banned from operating in Australia if they commit serious WHS or workers' comp breaches, or if they can't prove compliance with workplace laws after past breaches, under a proposed registration scheme approved by the Federal Government.
An employer has lost its appeal against a $180,000 WHS fine, unsuccessfully arguing the sentencing judge failed to properly take into account the fact that its employees failed to apply its safe systems of work.
Two PCBUs' category 2 WHS fines have been increased to a total of nearly $1 million, in the latest of a series of appeals by the NSW Attorney-General that reflect the community's growing intolerance of serious work safety incidents.
Employers need to put in place far more comprehensive management plans for handling mental health emergencies in FIFO workplaces, according to one of 18 recommendations from a major new study on the mental health of FIFO workers.
A host employer has been ordered to pay a worker nearly $270,000 in damages for manual handling injuries he sustained after it switched his task to lifting 55kg objects, without training or supervision.
An employer's mysterious decision to abandon an automated process forced a labour-hire worker to continuously go up and down wet stairs and eventually fall, a superior court has ruled in awarding the worker $890,000 in damages.