Workplace concussions, including seemingly mild head injuries, can involve drawn out recovery times for workers, according to US researchers, who recommend mental health screening to identify risk factors for complications.
A commission has rejected an incapacitated worker's claim that his well-resourced employer should have covered his long-term absence with temporary staff while he recovered from his injuries, instead of dismissing him.
All workers including contractors will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter SPC sites, under a safety scheme involving paid leave, the packaged fruit manufacturer has announced in an Australian first.
A study of nearly 3,000 workers has found that the slack provision of employment standards for break lengths and other entitlements increases the risk of injuries and illnesses, and the problem is significantly exacerbated by inadequate safety controls.
Many people infected with COVID-19 continue to experience symptoms after four weeks, and sometimes months, complicating their return to work. Managers play a vital role in ensuring they are safely reintegrated into the workplace, according to Europe's peak work safety body.
Employers have been urged to take special care to adapt work tasks for their older employees in physically demanding jobs, after a major European study conclusively showed these workers are far more likely to experience long-term sickness absences.
A PCBU and its director have been fined $150,000 and $15,000 respectively, after unsupervised apprentices were allocated a high-risk task, which injured one of them, when a qualified technician took sick leave.