NSW has issued advice on commuting safely to work during the COVID-19 pandemic, while both NSW and Victoria have introduced tough penalties for those who breach new isolation orders, and Western Australia has announced special leave arrangements for public servants affected by the coronavirus, in a bid to maintain safe working environments and reduce the spread of the disease.
A requirement to lower a vehicle's access ladder from a "safe location" was an administrative control that could be bypassed either deliberately or inadvertently, an investigation into a worker's death has found. Meanwhile, an employer recently charged with seven dangerous goods breaches has been accused of 21 more offences.
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Workplaces continue to react to musculoskeletal injuries rather than implementing primary prevention interventions, inhibiting the reduction of work-related musculoskeletal disorders, according to WorkSafe WA's human factors and ergonomics principal scientific officer.
WHS regulators are increasingly turning to infringement notices to tackle safety breaches, while the number of prosecutions has surged in one jurisdiction following a controversial lull, according to one of four new comparison reports from Safe Work Australia. The agency has also outlined PCBUs' duties involving air pollution.