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 superior court has agreed to reconsider three cases that could force employers to review their liability for injuries, including one involving the negligent acts of doctors, and another pertaining to a journey claim.
A Senate inquiry into sleep health awareness has warned that many employers use suboptimal shift structures that endanger workers' health and safety, and recommended the development of a nationally consistent approach to work hours and rest breaks for shift workers.
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.
Pre-employment testing for physically demanding work needs to involve an "in-depth investigation" of workers' abilities, including their task-specific fitness and aptitude for working safely, according to a European study on an emerging high-risk industry.
A supervisor has become the second entity to be convicted and fined over a FIFO worker's drowning, after he pleaded guilty to failing to follow his employer's safety manual or provide safe access to the workplace.
Shift work disorder (SWD) affects more than just night workers, according to European researchers, who found the symptoms are particularly prominent during morning shifts, causing workers to be sleepier and eroding their alertness.
An employer took steps to prevent physical injuries through its "no-lift" policy, and to prevent alleged bullying through roster changes and mandatory training, the Fair Work Commission has found in dismissing a worker's bid for stop-bullying orders.