COVID-19 work safety measures, like longer roster cycles and shutting onsite facilities where workers socialise, have amplified the already isolating experience of being a fly-in-fly-out worker and could have long-term mental health impacts, according to the head of a major Australian study.
In an important judgment on work journey incidents, in favour of a worker, an appeals court has ruled that the proper liability test is whether employment "increased the risk" of the type of accident that injured a worker, not whether employment "caused" the accident.
Managers in senior WHS roles and other statutory positions will be the only fly-in-fly-out workers permitted to enter Queensland under a new coronavirus control plan. Meanwhile, mining giants BHP and Fortescue have revealed their latest strategies for protecting personnel from the pandemic.
Advances in light technology mean inexpensive ceiling lights can slow the decline of alertness and mental performance during night work, potentially reducing the risk of accidents and injuries, European researchers say.
Employers have been urged to review their rostering practices and introduce strategies to improve team dynamics and efficiency, after an Australian study found junior doctors who work long hours are at high risk of suicidal ideation.
The Fair Work Commission has upheld the sacking of a worker who punched a supervisor in the face at a Christmas party, after rejecting his argument that he was unaware the event was a work function and hence his conduct was not connected to his employment.