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.
A major employer in the health sector is implementing a "kiosk system" with status alerts to monitor contractors and safety performance, as part of a WHS undertaking relating to the death of a newborn baby and severe injuries sustained by another.
The hierarchy of controls is referred to in most employers' high-level safety documents but is often overlooked when determining risk control measures, an investigation into an incident involving semi-autonomous equipment has warned.
A commission has upheld a WHS inspector's prohibition notice for an employer not to remove a staff counter she believes acts as a barrier to occupational violence, and agreed with her that workers' safety trumps improving the "therapeutic environment".
A second PCBU has entered into a WHS undertaking after a worker caught on fire at a site's refuelling facility, taking the total undertaking and rectification spend by the two companies to more than $2.5 million.
Employers adopting automated systems should choose supervisors with "appropriate trust" in the systems to lead implementation and train workers, researchers from the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health say.