Technology and the changing nature of work are having an increasingly significant impact on OHS, according to Safe Work Australia Chair and board director Diane Smith-Gander, who said health and safety leaders will need to become more like data and behavioural scientists to understand and proactively manage OHS risks in the future.
Waste management company Cleanaway has been charged over a fatal incident involving a recycling truck in Melbourne.
Inadequate sleep in Australia was estimated to cost $66.3 billion in 2016–17 – and of this there were $26.2 billion in financial costs (including productivity losses of $17.9 billion, or $2,418 per person with inadequate sleep) and $40.1 billion in the loss of wellbeing, according to a new report.
The NSW resources regulator recently announced its compliance monitoring priorities and a new series of compliance workshops for the rest of 2017, including the mining sectors selected for inspections.
NSW’s resources regulator recently issued a safety alert about providing safe access and exits from longwall faces following incidents at two separate underground coal mines, when inspectors identified situations where safe access and egress used by workers in operational longwall units were not maintained.
A Northern Territory education provider has been convicted and fined $50,000 after a student died during a school sports carnival in 2015.
A waste recycling business in Queensland which failed to do routine maintenance on an excavator and cost a worker his life has been fined $200,000 in the Richlands Magistrates Court.
Drones, apps, computer simulations and the power of social media are supporting safety in construction by providing new ways to investigate incidents and share safety best practice, according to WorkSafe ACT and SafeWork NSW.
Two Department of Defence contractors are facing multiple work health and safety charges over an incident in which a worker was almost crushed by an army vehicle.
A towing company in Victoria was convicted and fined $275,000 over an incident in which an employee loading a boom crane onto a truck parked on a suburban road was struck and seriously injured by a van.
WA’s Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety recently issued a dangerous goods safety bulletin about work practices in emergency breakdown situations for vehicles carrying unodourised liquefied petroleum (LP) gas – especially in remote or rural areas away from appropriately trained maintenance workers.
WorkCover Queensland and Queensland’s Office of Industrial Relations are collaborating with Super Friend Mental Health Promotion Foundation to improve corporate leadership advocacy for mentally healthy workplaces.
Voting for the SIA Board of Directors is now open for financial members of the Safety Institute of Australia. Please note: Voting will close at 17:00 hours (5pm)(AEST) Friday 25 August 2017.
The NSW Government recently for the introduction of a national five-star safety rating system for quad bikes in order to reduce related fatalities in the agricultural sector.
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