Employers that ignore or delay their obligations to maintain electrical systems put workers' lives at risk and expose themselves to big safety fines, according to an electrical engineer, who identifies five crucial tests that can't be skipped.
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.
Pre-employment testing for physically demanding work needs to involve an "in-depth investigation" of workers' abilities, including their task-specific fitness and aptitude for working safely, according to a European study on an emerging high-risk industry.
Workplaces could be heading into a mental illness "epidemic" under current management practices, warns a prominent workplace safety expert, who says resources need to be allocated to quality working conditions immediately.
Shift work disorder (SWD) affects more than just night workers, according to European researchers, who found the symptoms are particularly prominent during morning shifts, causing workers to be sleepier and eroding their alertness.
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.
An employer's duty of care during emergencies extends to implementing an effective crisis communication plan for alerting workers promptly and meaningfully, according to the general manager of a global software company.