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.
The upcoming commencement of workplace manslaughter legislation coincides with a period of unprecedented regulatory activity and record-high inspection numbers, Victorian duty holders have been warned. Meanwhile, an employer has been charged with illegally stockpiling chemicals, and safety regulators have issued coronavirus and fatality alerts.
Allowing workers to work in water-damaged and mouldy buildings puts them at risk of developing a "plethora" of symptoms and debilitating illnesses, researchers have found. They warn the symptoms are often overlooked.