Residual current devices (RCDs) should be installed in all workplaces, regardless of the construction date, while defibrillators need to be more widely available, particularly at remote sites, an inquest into an electrocution has found.
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.
> Draft WHS Code targets 6,000-plus workers and fall risks in NSW; > New OHS Regulations deliver on silicosis plan in Vic; > WHS Regulations for lead and diving amended in NT; and > WHS innovation and research grants offered by Tas.
> Employers without "safety resets" to be named in Parliament; > WHS Amendment Bill improves accountability in ACT; > Workers' comp changes for police pass in Tas; and > New dangerous goods guide for all WA duty holders released.
A series of geotechnical and risk assessments commissioned by a mine operator, before three workers were killed in a six-week period at the mine, appeared to be directly relevant to the circumstances of one of the fatalities and it would be "absurd" to prevent a coroner viewing them, an appeals court has ruled in a high-profile case.
A coronial inquest has found a worker's death could have been prevented by simple and inexpensive actions like proactively maintaining personal protective equipment, which, among other things, sends a clear message to workers on the importance of using PPE.