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FRI
2:33PM

Diligent task planning required for older personnel: study

Employers have been urged to take special care to adapt work tasks for their older employees in physically demanding jobs, after a major European study conclusively showed these workers are far more likely to experience long-term sickness absences.

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.

FRI
10:00AM

Regulator's recovery case beaten by own OHS evidence

A regulator has failed to recover injury payments from a workplace occupier accused of negligently causing the injury, after one of the regulator's inspectors filed a report saying the allegedly unsafe area of the site was in "adequate condition".

THU
10:01AM

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.

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.

WED
2:15PM

Blood pressure levels slashed by white-collar strategy

A ground-breaking study of thousands of white-collar workers has found psychosocial interventions, like slowing the implementation of large projects to prevent excessive workload, significantly reduce the risk of hypertension, with the benefits lasting for years.

WED
11:31AM

Budget targets workplace s-xual harassment, asbestos

Employers covered by the Commonwealth WHS Act will receive training on preventing workplace s-xual harassment, under one of a string of safety-related measures included in the Federal Government's 2021-22 budget, delivered last night.

TUE
3:19PM

Are key SWMS messages getting through to workers?

In a $586,000 WHS undertaking, a PCBU has launched a research study into effectively communicating the key "high-risk messages" in safe work method statements, following an incident resulting from SWMS-compliance failures on the first working day of the year in 2018.


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