Elevating work platforms have been linked to hundreds of workplace injuries and a string of fatalities, with incidents resulting from structural failures, collisions and poor ventilation, Safe Work Australia has warned in releasing new guidance on the hazardous equipment.
Administrative safety controls over-rely on workers' judgement, leave no room for inadvertence or inattention, and are "never enough" on their own, a court has found in convicting an employer over crush injuries.
A 20 to 30 per cent chance of an injured worker requiring surgery for work injuries in the future meets the definition of "likely", a tribunal full bench has found in rejecting a regulator's fight against liability for two future surgeries.
Coinciding with the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the pilot of a major psychosocial safety climate program, delivered by Comcare and leading WHS experts, has shown how a pro-psychological health agenda can work quickly to protect staff.
A famous Australian bootmaker has designed new tools and committed to adopting AS/NZS 45001:2018, with regular compliance audits, under an enforceable undertaking, after a worker with no experience with a new material had a finger amputated.
An entry permit holder's compliance with a site's directions and requests serves its own critical safety function, the Federal Court has stressed in imposing record entry fines on a union and six officials.
Many workers who perform ground support tasks for mobile elevating work platforms have not been trained in emergency descent procedures, a WHS regulator has found in a campaign triggered by a fatality inquest. The regulator has also revealed its expectations around ladder use.