After successfully pushing for presumptive workers' compensation and death benefits for prescribed workers who contract COVID-19, the NSW Greens have announced laws creating a "far superior scheme" than the Federal Government's new no-fault vaccine claims process.
An employer that failed to re-induct or provide refresher training to a worker, when he was transferred to a different department, has been fined for safety breaches, after the man was struck by a 2.3-tonne load in a forklift incident.
Boral subsidiaries in two states have been charged with breaching workplace health and safety laws in failing to adequately protect workers from airborne silica dust, while a small business has been charged with similar contraventions. The developments coincide with Safe Work Australia's call for employers to prevent lung diseases through the hierarchy of controls.
Icare NSW has revealed circumstances where workers who suffer adverse reactions to COVID-19 vaccines could be eligible for workers' compensation, while the State Government has announced legislation to improve the workers' comp system and clarify the powers of its WHS regulator and other bodies.
A WHS regulator has confirmed that three workplaces have been fined heavily for COVID-19 vaccination breaches, while a survey has found many businesses are looking to mandate vaccines, and highlighted associated concerns around labour-hire arrangements.
The $200,000-plus fine imposed on Uber in NSW, for failing to report serious safety incidents to a regulator, is a "slap on the wrist" that won't prevent fatalities and highlights the need for Federal controls, a union claims.
A PCBU that didn't take steps to prevent workers accessing or operating machinery awaiting repairs has been convicted of a criminal offence and fined $150,000, after four of a worker's fingers were amputated.
Australia's WHS regulators are likely to amend their statements of regulatory intent to protect employers that don't mandate COVID-19 vaccinations, and are cracking down on the unlawful performance of non-essential work, with closure orders and high fines.