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Employers can prevent the "drift" into complacency and safety failures, which often follows a period of success, by applying the principles of "high reliability organisational theory" and seeking out "near-miss signals", according to one of three major reports on fatalities and safety laws in Queensland. It also recommends an alternative metric to the notoriously misleading LTIFR.
A judge has confirmed that an injury sustained by a worker, when she briefly ceased performing her duties to participate in a recreational activity, didn't arise from her employment, but stressed it was unnecessary and probably incorrect to apply the High Court "interval" test to the five-second activity.
A PCBU that made a half-hearted attempt to comply with three improvement notices has been prosecuted and fined $24,000. Meanwhile, workplace safety regulations for using equipment in non-explosive atmospheres have been simplified in Queensland.
A worker's psych injury from arguing with his supervisor outside the workplace on his day off was work-related, because it was a culmination of a number of hostile interactions between them in the workplace, a commission has found.