The Australian Defence Force's failure to implement a safety rule recommended after a 2009 fatality - for which it was handed a near-maximum work health and safety fine - contributed to the death of an inexperienced soldier in a live firing exercise, an inquest has found.
Work safety authorities have issued special heat warnings to employers, which are particularly important to heed given the Bureau of Meteorology's latest annual climate statement and three-month forecast.
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.
The surge of online, flexible work arrangements and digital employee management processes is one of many ways technological change will disrupt existing WHS management mechanisms and standards, Europe's peak safety agency says in a major report.
In a long-running dispute, a tribunal has rejected a travelling worker's whooping cough and stroke claim, after being forced to disregard evidence of whooping cough infection rates in the relevant region.
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Employers owe a duty of care to workers known to engage in "skylarking", a court has reiterated in finding a PCBU guilty of WHS offences relating to the death of a worker who wasn't wearing the necessary PPE.
BHP is establishing a set of universal minimum safety requirements for engaging and managing contractors across its global operations and also plans to improve how it investigates safety incidents and shares lessons learned, after the death of two workers during the 2018 financial year, the global resources company says in its latest sustainability report.