Residual current devices (RCDs) should be installed in all workplaces, regardless of the construction date, while defibrillators need to be more widely available, particularly at remote sites, an inquest into an electrocution has found.
A judge has confirmed that an injury sustained by a worker, when she briefly ceased performing her duties to participate in a recreational activity, didn't arise from her employment, but stressed it was unnecessary and probably incorrect to apply the High Court "interval" test to the five-second activity.
A management company accused of breaching work safety laws, in failing to instruct retail staff not to walk near mobile plant, has spent $130,000 overhauling its loading dock policies and committed nearly $200,000 to other rectifications under an enforceable undertaking.
Australian guidance dealing with heat stroke in the workplace is missing the "golden standard" treatment, with potentially alarming implications for the health of workers, according to a workplace heat stress expert.
The very act of formalising a workplace mental health strategy can improve employee wellbeing and organisational culture, according to research commissioned by the Australian Industry Group and including six business case studies, which identifies job design as an overlooked wellbeing tool.
Past inconsistencies in disciplining workers for safety breaches can still undermine the validity of dismissals after employers tighten their enforcement of rules, a commission has highlighted in a case involving a worker sacked for leaving a designated pedestrian walkway.
An investigation report on a vehicle collision at a workplace, whose operator was recently charged over another collision that seriously injured a labour-hire worker, has called for employers to establish segregated roadways and apply engineering controls.
A worker who suffered a life-threatening disease that triggered mental health issues was harshly dismissed for his unsatisfactory performance under three improvement plans, an industrial commission has found.