Occupational health, safety and environment specialists will be among Australia's most sought-after professionals in the coming months, and can expect significant pay rises, according to two new reports.
A NSW employer that failed to complete an OHS management plan - because its OHS and production managers were too busy - has been fined $160,000, after the OHS manager was killed in an incident involving an unsafe forklift.
The draft model Work Health and Safety Regulations and Codes of Practice contain a "retrograde" definition of "manual task", an ambiguous rule for emergency plans and inadequate provisions for urinals, according to submissions made to Safe Work Australia.
The annual salaries of Australia's leading OHS professionals have leapt by an average of nearly $65,000 over the last 12 months, in a dramatic turnaround from the same time last year, a SafeSearch survey has found.
Patrick Stevedoring has been fined $180,000 for discriminating against a worker who raised a health and safety issue, but the employer insists it has significantly improved its systems since the incident and supports "all safety improvement endeavours".