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Q4 2021: Legislation, caselaw and COVID review

An important ruling on the WHS consultation duties around COVID-19 vaccines, several reckless conduct cases and a string of legislative developments were among the safety and workers' comp highlights of the final quarter of 2021. Read this article for everything you need to know from the past three months.


FWC rejects worker's vaccine claims and $50m clause

A commission has upheld the dismissal of a worker for refusing to get regular flu shots. The man claimed his employer's vaccine directions involved unlawful coercion, and it should have agreed to pay him millions of dollars in compensation for any adverse effects from vaccines or masks.


Unapproved electrical tool kills man, warning issued

A regulator has issued a warning on the dangers of unlicensed electrical work, after a homemade device inspired by internet videos killed a man. Another regulator has launched an investigation into a fatality involving a forklift and a shipping container.


Workplace COVID developments: free RATs demanded, vaccination rules amended and employer fined

Forcing workers to pay for their own rapid antigen tests for COVID-19 will have a major impact on workplace health and safety standards, unions have warned ahead of today's National Cabinet meeting. Meanwhile, vaccination and isolation rules for workers have been amended in some regions, and an employer has been fined for allowing unvaccinated staff to carry out work.


OHS Alert highlights from the past three months

This is OHS Alert's final article of the year, and we're leaving you with a review of some of our most-viewed stories from the fourth quarter of 2021.


WA companies fined $456k over fatality, entanglement injury

A WA company has been fined $256,000, after a worker died from head injuries incurred while using the incorrect tool for a task. Meanwhile, another employer's risk assessment failures have led to a $200,000 fine, after a worker's arm was amputated in a machine entanglement.


WHS Act delayed as new workplace protections pass Parl

The commencement date of Western Australia's mirror WHS Act has been delayed by about three months, but the State Parliament has passed laws allowing workers to seek orders to stop bullying and s-xual harassment.

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