Resources companies have been urged to implement a string of extra precautions to protect fly-in-fly-out and drive-in-drive-out workers, in camps or "on the move", from COVID-19. Meanwhile, ACT employers have been directed to conduct coronavirus risk assessments and ensure their contractors comply with hygiene rules.
A fine imposed on an employer for safety breaches, including one captured on a worker's mobile phone, has been more than doubled after the prosecutor appealed. Meanwhile, a regulator has issued dozens of prohibition notices in a blitz, and expressed frustration at the poor attitude to safety shown by "many" duty holders.
An employer that largely ignored the reasonably practicable and inexpensive control measures identified in 10 improvement notices has been convicted and fined $125,000, while two regulators have issued fatality alerts outlining height and post-bushfire safety measures.
In this update, OHS Alert revisits all the important work health and safety and workers' compensation legislative changes from the third quarter of 2019. We also recap the most significant court and tribunal rulings and other developments from across the country.