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Cemetery operator fined for crushing gravedigger

A recent case involving a gravedigger who was seriously injured when a grave collapsed highlights the need for employers to ensure below-ground work is properly shored.

Employees should be consulted on drug policies

Workplace drug and alcohol policies tend to work better when developed in consultation with employees, according to Australian Industry Group senior adviser Stuart Gordon.

Drug testing no panacea

Drug testing is only one of many tools available to employers to improve OHS and employers should remain focussed on unsafe behaviour, rather than drug use, according to BHP Steel OHS and Risk manager, Dr Chris Darling.

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Negligent law firm wins back damages

A workers' compensation law firm that was found negligent for failing to advise an injured worker of her right to sue at common law has won back $64,000 in damages.

Alternate OHS conference recommends reforms

Construction industry unions that boycotted the Cole Royal Commission's OHS conference last week have put forward their own list of recommendations for improving OHS in the industry.

National OHS Commission improves its own backyard

A new enterprise agreement at NOHSC provides OHS representatives with $250 a year for additional training and also introduces $200 a year per employee for fitness programs.

Cole considers national OHS accreditation scheme

A national OHS accreditation scheme that would impose a legal requirement on contractors to comply with minimum safety standards has been canvassed at the Cole Royal Commission's OHS conference today.

Conference proposes "bond model" to improve safety

Construction industry representatives at the Cole Royal Commission OHS conference have proposed that project owners pay a bond at the start of a building project as an incentive to hire contractors with good OHS practices.


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