A major employer is using workplace contact tracing technology to future-proof against further COVID-19 outbreaks and the harm they could have on the business and the health and safety of employees, its general manager of people and culture says.
An employer with a long history of safety contraventions has been fined for opting to implement its preferred height safety measures, at a site where a backpacker worker was killed in a fall, instead of the measures prescribed by law.
The Fair Work Commission has ordered an employer to pay workers who refused to work after colleagues tested positive to COVID-19, but said they should have returned to work after the NSW Chief Medical Officer became involved and gave them the all clear.
The Federal Government has responded to a string of work fatalities and union pressure by listing gig economy arrangements as a priority issue for Australia's WHS ministers, while the NSW Government has established a taskforce to investigate the deaths and consider options for regulatory reform.
Workplace health and safety and health promotion systems should be integrated, given workers with unhealthy behaviours and chronic conditions are at increased risk of injury, prolonged recovery and low productivity, Canadian researchers say.
In an important judgment on the interaction of WHS and industrial laws, a full Federal Court has confirmed union officials cannot bypass right-of-entry requirements by attending a worksite under provisions for resolving work health and safety matters.
Highlighting the flaws in an expert report on job rotation, obtained by an injured worker, has helped two employers successfully challenge a ruling that they breached their duty of care to the worker by requiring her to perform repetitive tasks.