A judge has upheld a $9,000 fine in the first (and "somewhat curious") prosecution involving the WHS duty to "consult workers". He also disagreed with a landmark finding that Queensland's WHS fines should be consistent with those in the other harmonised jurisdictions.
A company that failed to routinely check whether contractors were adequately communicating its safety procedures to their workers has been convicted and fined, after a worker was struck by a reversing forklift.
By taking manual handling training out of the classroom and conducting it where work is actually performed, a major international company has engaged workers and sparked an ongoing decline in push, pull and lift injuries, its health and safety operations manager says.
The Federal Court has been tasked with determining whether union officials can enter sites without a permit under a WHS provision for resolving issues, after a regulator alleged that eight organisers breached the Fair Work Act at a major, incident-strewn site.
The model WHS laws could be amended to increase the focus on psychological health, with the public consultation process for the ongoing review of the laws identifying widespread concerns over this issue and the absence of a "notification trigger" for psychological injuries.
> Dreamworld-inspired WHS changes likely by year's end; > New WHS consultation rules commencing in ACT in four months; > Victoria agrees to significantly increase energy safety fines; and > WA alters workers' comp procedure.