The hierarchy of controls is referred to in most employers' high-level safety documents but is often overlooked when determining risk control measures, an investigation into an incident involving semi-autonomous equipment has warned.
As Australia heads into what is predicted to be a warmer than average summer, a timely study has found workers are significantly more likely to suffer injuries in hot weather, especially during the first few days of a heat wave.
Employers adopting automated systems should choose supervisors with "appropriate trust" in the systems to lead implementation and train workers, researchers from the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health say.
Excessive prescription of opioid medication is doubling the risk of long-term disability among injured workers, and highlights the need for workers' compensation schemes to take urgent action, says a leading occupational health researcher.
Two leading universities, including Australia's Monash University, will join forces to investigate how to best support workers diagnosed with silicosis, which now number more than 168 in Queensland alone, the State's Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace has announced.