Yesterday's sentencing of South Australia Police (SAPOL) over the death of an employee in a freezer has provided crucial WHS lessons for PCBUs with workers who work alone. Meanwhile, the State Government has flagged laws to protect the health of emergency workers from "disgusting behaviour".
A major literature review has found welders are at a 43 per cent increased risk of lung cancer. Meanwhile, Norwegian researchers have warned about the importance of preventing hand-arm vibrations, in a study showing the ensuing numbness and finger pain can be irreversible.
Australia's first Code of Practice for the mental health of fly-in-fly-out workers, which includes valuable information for multiple industries, has been finalised and released in Western Australia. Meanwhile, a regulator has urged employers to prepare for impending changes to regulations for a hazardous substance.
A worker's last dusty employer has been found liable for his silicosis, after a tribunal found there was "at least a modest association" between his employment and the re-emerging occupational disease.
A major employer's "significant efforts" to comply with its WHS obligations were undermined by a manager giving a worker unsafe instructions, which led to him suffering third-degree burns, a court has found in convicting the employer.