Browsing: Psychological injuries


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.


Employer responded reasonably to psych risk: judge

Courts should not place an "absolute and unremitting" duty of care on employers to protect the mental health of their employees, a judge has warned in dismissing a psychologically injured worker's negligence claim.


Worker harassed through WHS poster awarded $200k

An employer and its workplace health service provider have been ordered to pay a worker $100,000 each, after their use of her picture in a s-xually suggestive workplace health and safety poster led her to suffer a "serious and prolonged psychological injury".


Workplace app boosts wellbeing in midst of COVID crisis

A cheap "ambulatory" psychological health intervention provided to frontline workers, in a region hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, boosted participants' positive emotions within minutes, helping them cope with distressing situations, a study has found.


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.


Four steps to a robust psychological safety system

WHS regulators have ramped up their focus on psychological safety, but with the recent onslaught of information on the issue employers are unsure about the first steps to take, according to a workplace wellbeing expert, who lays out the four key areas for preventing psych injuries.


Consultation vital for psychosocial risk assessment tool

Sitting down with workers to hear their experiences of psychosocial hazards, and what they want done about them, is a critical part of minimising physical and psychological harm, according to a senior safety inspector.

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