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.
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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.