Browsing: Jurisdiction (WA)

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.

WED
3:47PM

SWMS missing and irrelevant to fatal task

An employer with a "useless" safe work method statement has been fined for five workplace safety breaches, after a young worker was killed by an unsecured concrete panel.

THU
3:37PM

Workplace COVID restrictions made in NSW and WA

Face masks will be compulsory on public transport and in certain workplaces under COVID-19 restrictions announced for NSW today. Meanwhile, the Western Australian Government has introduced a Bill extending measures and 10-year jail terms aimed at protecting frontline workers from the pandemic.

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.

TUE
12:29PM

Anti-bullying orders necessitated by victim's behaviour

Workplace bullying victims' own actions need to be considered when determining whether there is a risk of ongoing bullying for the purposes of stop-bullying applications, a commission has highlighted in making draft orders for a major employer to transfer an applicant.

MON
3:58PM

Consignor charged in safety first; Director charged; more

  • Consignor charged with safety breaches in Australian first;
  • Director faces jail under fatality-related gross negligence charge; and
  • Traffic management for horse work allegedly missing before death.
FRI
3:49PM

Revised WHS policy for COVID; New safety minister for WA

The national policy on enforcing WHS laws during the COVID-19 pandemic has been revised to define vaccinations as a "high order risk control measure". It also reminds employers of their duty to keep abreast of public health orders. Meanwhile, Western Australia has a new workplace health and safety minister.

THU
3:58PM

Forklift speeding and isolation breach lead to safety fines

A worker who was observed driving a forklift dangerously in a shared car park, and then refused to cooperate with safety inspectors, has been convicted and fined for safety breaches. Meanwhile, regulators have issued warnings after a storage-racking fatality and on the increasing number of serious incidents on non-isolated machinery.

THU
2:30PM

Mandatory COVID controls; "Respect" standards; more

  • Workplace COVID controls still mandatory, employers reminded;
  • "Respect" standards promised after SA harassment review; and
  • Two states launch work safety awards, with COVID-control prize in one.

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