Browsing: Jurisdiction (ACT)

FRI
1:54PM

1,222 COVID claims lodged, many for mental injuries

Safe Work Australia's latest "snapshot" of COVID-19-related workers' compensation claims shows that while a quarter of all COVID claims are for psychological issues, nearly all of the claims in one industry involve mental health.

MON
1:17PM

New safety standard tackles fatality hazard; and more

  • New standard tackles "one of the deadliest" workplace hazards;
  • WHS warnings follow carbon monoxide and vehicle incidents; and
  • Union issues cease-work advice for Sydney smoke and particles.
WED
3:56PM

WHS reforms announced for Workers' Memorial Day

The ACT Government has confirmed plans to transfer the offence of industrial manslaughter from the Crimes Act to its WHS laws, in a move that is likely to increase the maximum fine by millions of dollars.

TUE
1:31PM

Q1 2021: Legislation, caselaw and COVID update

A key role of safety professionals, managers and officers is acquiring and keeping up-to-date knowledge of health and safety issues. In this report, OHS Alert examines all the need-to-know work safety, workers' compensation and COVID-19 developments from the first three months of 2021.

THU
2:10PM

Worker wins $5.6m for injuries triggered by site clutter

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.

TUE
3:31PM

Dickens cited in ruling on six-year work bullying case

After years of "almost farcical" proceedings, a judge has set a date for determining a worker's claim he was relentlessly bullied and tormented at his Canberra workplace, which was the subject of a major WHS probe and scathing findings.

FRI
3:36PM

Free workplace psychosocial risk assessment tool

Australia's "only validated psychosocial risk assessment survey" has been relaunched on a free digital platform, under an initiative jointly funded by the country's workplace health and safety regulators.

MON
1:31PM

Customer-death case; Another labour-hire fine; and more

  • Customer's death costs employer $500k;
  • Labour-hire fines increase to $370k, as fatality alerts issued; and
  • Seventy-seven WHS notices issued in troubled suburb.
THU
3:58PM

Exclusion-zone charges; Safety duties to visitors; more

  • Employer charged with fatal exclusion-zone breach;
  • Company contravened safety duties to workplace visitor; and
  • ACT work sites failing to learn from repeated safety blitzes.

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