The increasing focus on risk reduction measures in work safety laws and practices over the last 20 years has failed to reduce the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders, with digitalisation and automation increasing mental stress and muscle tension, and forcing some workers into "machine-paced roles", a major research review has found.
A union made misleading statements linking a major retailer's cost-cutting measures to the deaths of workers and others in vehicle crashes, but some of these measures, which included potential penalties for drivers who were 10 minutes late, did lead to safety contraventions, a court has found.
Workers who support people in distress are at risk of burnout that can lead to ill health, insomnia and substance abuse. Employers and employees all have a responsibility to reduce compassion fatigue, UK researchers say.
Ramping up wellbeing and support services, like an onsite EAP, health checks and a "concierge service", helped a major law firm maintain workers' mental health during the gruelling work demands of the banking royal commission, according to the firm's national health, safety and wellbeing manager.
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.