Tag Archives: WHS

WHS Legislation Changes

The Work, Health & Safety Regulation 2011 was repealed on 1 September’17 & replaced by the Work Health & Safety Regulation 2017, which came into effect on the same day. The new regulation is essentially the same as the 2011 Regulation with some minor changes.

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Business Fined $375,000 Over Death

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.

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WHS Policies Alone Not Enough

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.

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Being A Tradie Is High Risk

Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) noted SafeWork Australia data identifies although tradies make up less than one-third of the Australian workforce, tradies account for 51% of serious workers compensation claims. Injuries typically require 5-6 weeks off.

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Health Risks Of Sitting Disease

With the increasing shift towards white collar & office based jobs, there has also been an increase in musculoskeletal related work injuries & claims. Dubbed “Sitting Disease” there is distinct correlation between hours seated &  risk for disease as well as mortality.

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Business Fined $1M for Safety Breach

Do you understand your business’ safety obligations required for WHS compliance? If not, we hope this article might help encourage you to revisit this important aspect more closely. A NSW small business was recently fined a record $1 million for Work Health & Safety (WHS) offences. The NSW District Court found that WGA Pty Ltd had breached it’s safety obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 by exposing a sub-contractor to risk of death or serious injury.

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Introducing Michael

Michael joins our team with extensive injury & claims management, Work Health & Safety (WHS) as well as workplace safety compliance experience. In completing his Bachelor of Commerce, Michael’s understanding of  business complements his desire to help people & prevent risks.

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Importance of WHS

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.

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Mental Health

Mental health issues are the 3rd most frequent health condition after cancer & health disease.  This means supervisors are likely to be managing workers suffering from a mental illness. We have identified common mental health hazards & workplace risk mitigation strategies.

An increasing concern for many businesses are the risks of mental health related incidents, injuries and resulting workers compensation claims. We have covered this topic previously and with psychological claims being 7-8 times more expensive than physical injuries the impacts of being reactive is a risk too large for many businesses.

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Construction Site Safety

construction-site-safetyConstruction related work is considered one of the more dangerous or high risk occupations. Heights, heavy and large equipment, complex machinery and unstable ground are just some examples of what workers face in undertaking their work. With the number of construction industry workers having grown by 33% over the last 11 years, site safety is increasingly important and front of mind for most businesses in this industry. No matter how well trained or careful workers claim to be, due to the nature of their jobs construction workers are constantly exposed to hazardous conditions and dangerous situations. To highlight Australia’s National Safe Work Month, here are 5 steps to assist in making construction sites safer.

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