Long jail terms, $10m fines and WHSO roles introduced

4 October 2017

The Queensland government has recently introduced a 67 page Work Health and Safety Amendment Bill so as to most notably: mandate safety measures in the WHS Codes of Practice; reintroduce the role of workplace health and safety officers; enable WHS Queensland inspectors to make on the spot determinations of WHS disputes; establish an independent statutory office for WHS prosecutions; prohibit duty holders from entering enforceable undertakings in lieu of prosecution for offences involving a fatality; and as the headline states – to introduce an industrial manslaughter offence with a 20 year jail term and $10 million in fines.

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Long running depression case getting longer

27 September 2017

A Victorian appeals court has finally found the Victorian Civil Administration Tribunal decision in dismissing a worker’s equal opportunity claim to be erroneous, and has granted the depressed worker a right to argue for a new recourse at a full hearing.

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Lack of Training a Costly Mistake

25 September 2017

In a recent case1 before the Supreme Court at Brisbane, an Anglican Community Services Organisation was found to have been negligent by failing to train an employee to safely unload a wheelie walker from a vehicle.

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Alcoholism Caused by Managing Workers’ Comp Claims

12 September 2017

A former general manager has recently been awarded compensation for brain damage and other workplace injuries, after he self-medicated with alcohol in order to deal with the stress of employees taking advantage of the workers’ compensation system.

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Employer Charged with Multiple Breaches after Ignoring Notices

25 August 2017

After pleading guilty to breaching Section 26 of the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act (“Duties of persons who manage or control workplaces”) and ignoring numerous WorkSafe Victoria improvement notices, Leeming Furniture Pty Ltd have been convicted and fined $22,500 and more than $4,000 in costs.

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How to Avoid Legal Risks in Drug and Alcohol Testing

23 August 2017

Australia has some of the highest rates of illicit substance use in the world, and with some recent evidence showing that workers who misuse drugs or alcohol are at a higher risk of workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities, this is quickly becoming an issue employers simply cannot ignore.

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