Forceful handgrip work is one of three occupational biomechanical exposures that can cause radial tunnel syndrome, a common and costly nerve entrapment condition similar to carpal tunnel syndrome, European researchers have discovered.
NSW Labor says it will introduce industrial manslaughter laws, double SafeWork's compliance functions and make it harder for employers to conduct covert surveillance of injured workers, if it wins this weekend's State election.
A worker has failed to convince a tribunal full bench that his doctors' gross failures didn't break the chain of causation between his work injury and subsequent incapacity because there was a distinction between the omission and commission of negligent medical treatment.
An individual has become the second entity to be fined over the deaths of two workers in a smoko area, while a safety commission has identified six potentially common contraventions relating to the development and use of safe work method statements.
An employer charged over the death of a non-employee has been granted permission to argue, before a jury, that it had been entitled to rely on an experienced worker to apply its established safety systems, with an appeals court stressing that safety offences are "risk-based, not outcome-based".
Employers providing workers with mindfulness training to combat stress need to ensure leaders are also accessing the program, to get the most out of their investment, icare says. The insurer has also identified a number of steps employers can take to reduce the impact of customer abuse.
The author of the review that led to the introduction of industrial manslaughter laws in Queensland has recommended that senior officers face up to "life" in prison for negligently causing the death of a worker in the Northern Territory. Meanwhile, the Territory has passed laws to protect emergency workers from violence.
Workers often underestimate their ability to bounce back from stress and challenges, but easy self-care steps can help them build confidence and adaptability, a clinical psychologist specialising in trauma-related disorders says.
A worker with a long-term injury has won her bid for contract work, which her employer stopped assigning her after 13 years, through workers' comp provisions requiring employers to provide incapacitated workers with suitable employment.