Workers should never under any circumstances be put in a position where they are the "first line of defence" against approaching vehicles, a coronial inquest into the death of a traffic controller has warned.
> Crane operator breached duty to defy unsafe directions; > Govt pumps funds into ABCC and workplace mental health; > New WHS Regulations for diving work commencing in Tas; and > NSW employers reminded of upcoming RTW requirements.
NSW has revealed its preferred model for accelerating the resolution of workers' comp disputes, and issued orders for monitoring coal workers' health. Meanwhile, South Australia and Tasmania have taken steps to protect bus drivers and police from violence.
Safe Work Australia has launched the public consultation process for the review of the model WHS laws, posing 37 questions for discussion and pointing to the reasons why industrial manslaughter provisions weren't included in the Act.
The Tasmanian Labor Party will review Queensland's new industrial manslaughter laws and introduce mirror provisions within a year if it wins the upcoming State election. Three other states could also be on the verge of introducing the laws.
> NSW makes WHS Code and amends regulations; > Tough building safety laws commence on Monday; > New drug testing regime for rail workers introduced in Vic; and > Electrical standards Code commences in Tas.
> High mine safety fines in doubt with upcoming Qld election; > ACT introduces new workers' comp fine and triples death benefits; > PTSD and anti-violence Bills introduced in Tas; and > New laws protect Vic emergency workers from cars used as weapons.