A NSW business on the Mid North Coast was fined $375,000 over the death of a worker in 2015. The employer pleaded guilty to a charge under Section 32 of the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act 2011 for failing to comply with its duty under Section 19 (1) of the act.
Woolworths has had to pay $231,000 in compensation after a former worker won an appeal for an aggravation of a pre-existing degenerative shoulder injury. Despite comprehensive policies & systems of work, the court found Woolworths had been poorly implemented & were therefore liable.
Safe Work Australia will recognise World Day for Safety & Health at Work & Workers’ Memorial Day on Friday, 28 April 2017. It is crucial employers monitor the health of workers & workplace conditions to prevent illness or injury, & provide information & training.
There is a lot of talk these days in relation to if businesses have a responsibility in identifying poor health habits in their workforce and therefore can facilitating a healthy workplace help minimise related issues. Numerous studies tell businesses that invest in the employees’ health and wellbeing will have a healthier, happier, more engaged and productive workforce. Reducing business costs of employee absences, presenteeism and injury can become a focus however there are other benefits. A Comcare report commences “Strong evidence shows that good employee health and wellbeing boosts organisational health.” Ok, sounds great yet what are signs of an unhealthy workplace and what can be done to address.
In Australia, all employers have a responsibility to prevent discrimination, harassment or bullying from occurring in the workplace and to make sure that their employees, and people who apply jobs with them, are treated fairly. Under Work Health and Safety (WHS) legislation, employers and employees are required to comply with practices and behaviour that promote health and safety in the workplace. Because of this responsibility, employers are required to minimise or if possible eliminate the risks to employees’ health and safety caused by workplace bullying. Safe Work Australia has recently updated two publications on workplace bullying to provide guidance and assistance for managers and workers on how to prevent, respond and deal with this issue.