Safety regulations for exclusion zones and equipment in the construction industry could be overhauled under recommendations from an inquest into a young worker's death, which led to the first reckless conduct charges under Australia's harmonised WHS laws.
More than 100 individuals and organisations have jointly called for an anti-s-xual harassment jurisdiction in the Fair Work Commission, in a five-point action plan presented to the national inquiry into the issue. Meanwhile, the inquiry has heard that young female lawyers are particularly vulnerable to harassment.
A PCBU that could have mitigated fatal risks "without cost" has been fined $180,000 over a young worker's death, and ordered to publish a notice in newspapers detailing its failure to enforce the use of personal protective equipment.
Young workers emulate their co-workers' and managers' risk-taking behaviours and tackling the high risk of injury among them requires raising organisational safety and cultural standards, according to Nordic researchers.
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.