A PCBU has been fined for failing to report a head knock to a regulator, while a worker who should have refused his employer's request to carry out unsafe work has been fined over a co-worker's injuries, and a man has been penalised for his "disgraceful" asbestos breaches.
A judge has increased an employer's WHS fine nearly three-fold on appeal, stressing that a worker's injury-causing "stupidity" occurred in the context of the employer's failure to separate pedestrians and mobile plant, and slamming a magistrate's "almost unintelligible" remarks on the matter.
Employer-provided health programs where workers meet people outside of their work groups help workers cope with occupational challenges and issues like job insecurity created by the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers say.
An employer's failure to address the obvious risks posed by its "incredibly cluttered" warehouse set off a "catastrophic" sequence of events, and has led to a $5.6 million damages award to an injured worker.
Workers' experiences are invaluable in the prevention of musculoskeletal injuries and can be leveraged to optimise ergonomic interventions, ranging from a small redesign to a workforce overhaul, Europe's peak work safety body says.
A regulator has warned that union officials must hold valid right-of-entry permits when entering sites under provisions for "resolving" WHS matters, after the High Court blocked an appeal on the issue.
A worker's emotional distress from his newly created role inflaming rather than easing tensions between departments, and becoming increasingly complex, was a significant contributing factor to his high blood pressure and aorta tear, a tribunal has found.
The Federal Government must amend WHS laws to ensure employers have an explicit duty to tackle s-xual harassment and create a new complaints process, the ACTU and women's rights organisations have demanded in a statement criticising the Government's response to S-x Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins' Respect@Work report.