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Fatal seizure attributable to night shift work

A worker's epilepsy-related death was materially contributed to by his late-night shift work and sleep deprivation, a tribunal has ruled in finding his widow is entitled to $400,000 in death benefits.


Eliminating psychosocial hazards cuts major safety risks

Managing psychosocial risks is critical not only to prevent mental health injuries but the occurrence of "major accidents", new guidance material from a WHS regulator has stressed.


New workplace COVID vaccine rules; Lightning death; more

  • COVID vaccines mandated for multiple Qld sectors, visiting workers;
  • Lightning-related WHS duties outlined after fatality; and
  • WHS activities affected by COVID: major SWA report.

"Racial" comments on messy workplace attract low fine

A union has been issued "low mid-range" fines, after two of its officials used foul language and made "racial" remarks about the "third world" over trip hazards at a messy worksite. A court rejected a regulator's bid for a high penalty, which relied on "generic" references to past industrial breaches.


Manslaughter Bill passes LC; Standard commences; more

  • Industrial manslaughter Bill introduced to NSW Lower House;
  • New solar safety Standard commences with transitional provisions; and
  • Offshore laws with "modified" WHS provisions pass Parliament.

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