A lack of consultation and the absence of pressing safety needs have blocked a national transport company's decision to change its blood alcohol limit for certain drivers from the same as general law to zero.
An employer that mixed large quantities of incompatible chemicals, despite workers' safety concerns, has been convicted and fined after a number of workers and neighbouring businesses were exposed to toxic fumes.
In a brace of tragic coincidences this week, the death of two train workers in a derailment came just a day after a regulator released its findings on the death of a rail worker distracted by his mobile phone, while a worker was killed in a shipping container incident after an employer was fined heavily over a similar fatality.
The former public prosecutor awarded more than $430,000 in damages for PTSD and depression this week should have been monitored for psychological "red flags", and the failure to do so represented a missed opportunity for welfare checks and early intervention, court documents show.
Employers have a legal duty to identify and manage reasonably foreseeable workplace psychological hazards, and protect workers from unsafely high work demands and bullying, a SafeWork NSW director told a forum on mental health in the legal industry today.
More types of workers will have access to workers' compensation, and journey claims will be restored, under a 38-page Amendment Bill that reverses many of the changes made during the major overhaul of the Northern Territory's workers' comp scheme in 2015.