A worker who was struck by a car driven by his manager within a workplace depot has been blocked from suing the manager and an insurer for hundreds of thousands of dollars under common and third-party insurance laws.
In an important ruling on "journey" incidents, an appeals court has found a worker's act of phoning his supervisor when he caused a car crash and double fatality didn't create a causal connection between his catastrophic injuries and his employment.
A new impact statement on the recent review of the national model WHS laws has warned that some recommendations could increase compliance costs with minimal safety benefits, including the recommendation to include the hierarchy of controls in the Act.
A series of geotechnical and risk assessments commissioned by a mine operator, before three workers were killed in a six-week period at the mine, appeared to be directly relevant to the circumstances of one of the fatalities and it would be "absurd" to prevent a coroner viewing them, an appeals court has ruled in a high-profile case.
Safety professionals and employers seeking easier access to the Australian Standards they're expected to comply with would be well-advised to make submissions on the new distribution and licensing framework.