A major Australian study covering nearly one million workers has revealed the widespread risk of knee osteoarthritis outside of traditionally physically demanding roles, showing prevention strategies are critical for medium-risk blue-collar occupations.
Safe Work Australia has urged employers to access a free program that addresses the WHS risks associated with prolonged sitting and includes tools for those working at home for the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, Victorian police are targeting businesses that breach pandemic restrictions, with coronavirus cases soaring in the State.
A PCBU has committed nearly $600,000 to putting hundreds of its workers from linguistically diverse backgrounds through English classes covering safety and site-specific issues, under a $1.5 million WHS undertaking.
> NSW launches COVID-19 work guidance, addresses misconceptions; > PCBUs warned after worker killed by damaged gate; > Revamped WHS regulator to focus on climate change and violence; and > ACTU applauds Vic's broader workplace death definition.
An employer has committed to trialling vehicle safety sensor systems and rolling out the collision avoidance technology across its entire fleet, after being accused of WHS breaches relating to the death of a worker in a runaway vehicle incident.
A PCBU and the man it relied on to prevent workers accessing unprotected edges have been convicted and fined a total of $165,000, plus $50,000 in costs, after a worker was severely injured in a four-metre fall.
> HSE adviser allegedly unlawfully snubbed by official; > New WHS Code of Practice commences in NSW; > Two more jurisdictions halve workplace silica threshold; and > Draft national safety guidelines for asbestos-cement pipes released.