An employer has committed to being the first in its industry to trial digital exclusion zone and barrier technology to address the hazards arising from the interaction of mobile plant and personnel, after a worker was struck by a 20-tonne excavator.
With Australia's COVID-19 vaccine rollout program commencing today, employers have been re-warned that vaccinations do not replace other workplace control measures for the pandemic. Meanwhile, two employers have been charged over the death of a jockey.
Employers' health interventions for workers working remotely for the pandemic should not neglect those who already worked from home regularly, and appear to be struggling the most from changes to their routine, researchers say.
The vast majority of employers will not have a WHS right or obligation to require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, while most workers are unlikely to be able to refuse to attend work because a colleague has not been inoculated, the Federal Industrial Relations Minister has announced on the release of new guidance on the issue.
Ahead of introducing a WHS Bill creating the offence of industrial manslaughter, the NSW Opposition has highlighted the deterrent effect of tougher safety laws, and raised concerns about a recent case where a company avoided category-1 charges for a fatality-causing offence "of the utmost objective gravity".
A commission has upheld the sacking of a worker for failing to report a head knock to his line manager without delay, stressing that incident reporting serves a crucial safety function even where an injury hasn't occurred.
A worker who successfully sued his employer for negligently providing him with a faulty vehicle seat has been awarded an additional $202,708 in damages, with an appeals court finding a trial judge underestimated his likely economic loss from a back injury.
An employer's treatment of a worker, when she returned to work after allegedly being assaulted by a colleague at a social event, included transferring her to a perceived "dumping ground" for "staff with issues" and exacerbated her injury from the attack, a commission has found.