In a case prompting renewed calls for industrial manslaughter laws, a PCBU that failed to comply with its own safety management manual or apply available controls has been convicted over a death, while another employer has been fined over a painter's fatal fall.
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.
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A Fair Work Commission full bench has upheld the dismissal of an elected health and safety rep, whose mistreatment of contractors preceded a suicide attempt. Meanwhile, a Qantas worker has reiterated his claim that he inadvertently consumed more than a dozen standard alcoholic drinks on the night before a shift.
In a timely decision given Tasmania's commitment to presumptive workers' compensation for public servants with post-traumatic stress disorder, a NSW judge has awarded compensation to a paramedic who developed the disorder after her ambulance killed a pedestrian.
A full bench of the Fair Work Commission has supported an employer's "fair play model" for dealing with workplace conduct, in an appeal from a worker in a safety-sensitive role who was sacked for returning a positive drug test.
Workers in occupations with high injury and illness rates are dying from overdosing on opioid medication at a rate of up to six times higher than the all-worker average, according to an alarming government report.