Communication flaws cause serious injuries, attract fine

A PCBU on Sydney's WestConnex road project has been fined for failing to communicate critical safety information on the high-risk tests it conducted, causing a worker from another work group to be struck and injured by pressurised water.


Reduce telework "mismatch", prevent COVID-era injuries

The proliferation of telecommuting arrangements forced by the COVID-19 pandemic has been linked to health problems ranging from anxiety to back injuries and eye strain, but employers can prevent many of these conditions by identifying and addressing any "mismatch" between remote-work preference and frequency, a study has shown.


Anti-harassment infographics; 200 work deaths; and more

  • Four WHS infographics complement anti-harassment guidance;
  • Dark milestone reached after abolition of "safe rates" tribunal; and
  • "Remapping" increases workplace diesel risks.

Drug trafficker retains weekly work injury payments

A "totally incapacitated" worker who was awarded nearly $320,000, before being found guilty of trafficking methamphetamines and accused of an "even more egregious" act, has been granted ongoing compensation, after her former employer challenged her entitlements through breach-of-mutuality provisions.


WHS system silent on inspections near powerlines

An employer that failed to ensure certain "particulars" of its "comprehensive" safety management system were followed has been fined $150,000, after a worker came into contact with powerlines.


Officer duties lift "corporate veil", improve compliance

A major Deloitte review has highlighted the role that prescribed officer duties play in "lifting the corporate veil" and increasing compliance with work health and safety laws, in recommending adding these duties to provisions for offshore facilities.

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