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The wounds that can be seen on workers who have suffered electrical or chemical burns are just the "tip of the iceberg", according to a presentation at a major scientific meeting that should influence workplace first-aid procedures.
Australia's highest work safety fine and the offence of workplace manslaughter are being introduced to the Victorian Parliament today. Meanwhile, regulators have issued a fatality alert and tips on working safely in heat and with elevating work platforms.
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.
An employer has committed nearly $400,000 to install remote temperature measuring devices and other safety measures that remove the need for workers to interact with hot substances, after a worker was seriously burned by molten metal ejected from a furnace.
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An employer has been permitted to recover more than half of a $320,000 settlement paid to the widow of a worker who died of skin cancer, in a Federal Court case examining shared liability provisions and the meaning of compensation.