The struggle of workers to "decode" written communications, which are prolific in remote-work set-ups, is triggering a hunter-gatherer survival mechanism and perceptions of being bullied, a senior WHS researcher says.
Employers should do everything they can to encourage COVID-19 jabs because having fully vaccinated workers is "priceless", especially in the construction industry, which faces particular challenges to remaining COVID-safe and mentally healthy, an HR specialist says.
A European holiday worker, whose heat stroke death in Queensland resulted in two WHS prosecutions, was neither acclimatised to the area nor provided with adequate opportunities to escape from the sun, a coroner has found.
A workplace fatality, which led to a $250,000 WHS fine, occurred in circumstances where the contrast between the instructions provided to workers with limited English and what supervisors allowed to occur gave rise "to an understandable level of confusion about what was, and was not, permitted", an inquest has found.
In a case highlighting the potential financial ramifications of workplace harassment and safety incidents, the Federal Court has rejected a bid to recover nearly $700,000 in incapacity payments and medical expenses from an injured worker, who was paid $1.25 million to settle her s-xual harassment and discrimination claims.
A team leader has been ordered not to use Slack or other online communication apps to give a worker directions where they can be made verbally, with the Fair Work Commission upholding the worker's bid for stop-bullying orders to protect her health and safety.
A bank executive with psychological injuries has unsuccessfully claimed: his manager unreasonably conducted unannounced "skip level" meetings to discuss his management style with his staff; and he was treated poorly after being accused of calling a second manager a "hag" at a work trivia night.
A PCBU that had comprehensive safety systems for the work it performed for clients, but none for the maintenance of its vehicles at its own site, has been convicted and fined $375,000 over the death of a probationary employee.