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.
A tribunal full bench has rejected an employer's claim that it isn't liable for the costs of future surgery for an injured worker, whose genetic predisposition to arthritis was "accelerated" by a workplace safety incident.
A global employer will down tools and conduct meetings on minimising occupational cancer risks, for World Day for Safety and Health at Work today. World safety day has also prompted renewed calls for Australia-wide industrial manslaughter provisions and an accelerated response to the review of the model WHS laws.
Employers will have an explicit positive duty to eliminate workplace s-xual harassment and discrimination, under laws flagged in response to the latest major review of the issue. The review identified barriers to tackling harassment "through a WHS lens".
The causation of carpal tunnel syndrome continues to be a vexed issue for workers' compensation tribunals, with one recently concluding that a nurse's work in a busy emergency department was a significant contributing factor in her developing bilateral CTS.
Laws and strategies created to protect remote health workers from violence, prompted by the murder of South Australian remote-area nurse Gayle Woodford, could be strengthened, with a coronial inquest identifying several concerning omissions.