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Qld WHS Prosecutor to handle serious RHS prosecutions

08 July, 2020

Following recent legislative amendments, serious Resources Safety and Health prosecutions in Queensland will be referred to the independent WHS Prosecutor.


Tough mine safety laws a safety net for resources sector

03 July, 2020

Queensland has implemented Australia's toughest mine safety laws, and established a resources safety and health authority, to protect workers in the resources sector.


Victorian workplace manslaughter laws now in effect

02 July, 2020

Negligent Victorian employers now face fines of up to $16 million if they fail to ensure that employees are protected from incidents that result in death.


INX InControl WHS management system

01 July, 2020 | Supplied by: INX Software Pty Ltd

The INX InControl WHS management system is designed to increase compliance and adopt a proactive approach to health and safety in managing everything from incidents to audits.


VBA investigations uncover 12 unregistered plumbers

29 June, 2020

The Victorian Building Authority has taken enforcement action against 12 unlicensed or unregistered plumbers, following inspections across the Gippsland region.


Company convicted, fined $3m for industrial manslaughter

25 June, 2020

Queensland's first sentence for industrial manslaughter has been handed down, with an auto wrecking yard fined $3 million following the death of a worker.


Milestone 500 companies reached for WHS Accreditation Scheme

25 June, 2020

The Federal Safety Commissioner's Work Health and Safety Accreditation Scheme has achieved a notable milestone, with 500 companies now accredited.


NSW work health and safety laws updated

17 June, 2020

The NSW Parliament has increased penalty amounts for all WHS offences, and prohibited insurance and indemnity arrangements, as part of new amended NSW WHS laws.


Regional accelerator program boosts ventilator innovation

15 June, 2020

The METS Regional Innovation Accelerator Program has been introduced in Victoria to help regionally based mining businesses fast-track safety product innovation.


Night-shift workers at greater risk of injury, ill health

12 June, 2020

British research by IOSH has found that shift workers who work night shifts are 25–30% more at risk of injury than those who work day shifts.


Senior miners appointed to Qld safety board

10 June, 2020

Four senior miners have joined the body that sets and maintains the standards for safety roles in Queensland's mines.


Inquiry reveals design issues with unstable Paradise Dam

02 June, 2020

An independent inquiry has found a range of structural and design issues with Paradise Dam in Bundaberg, detailed in a 563-page Commission report.


Business fined after fatal wall collapse

02 June, 2020

A building company and its subcontractors have been fined a total of $620,000 after one worker was killed and another injured at a construction site in Sydney.


Mine safety inquiry to investigate over 40 mine incidents

01 June, 2020

A retired judge and an expert in coalmine safety will lead an inquiry into over 40 gas incidents in Queensland's underground coalmines since mid-2019.


If a vaccine is created for SARS-CoV-2: WHS responsibilities

28 May, 2020 by Patrick Walsh* | Supplied by: DW Fox Tucker Lawyers

A SARS-CoV-2 vaccine would necessitate a reconsideration of WHS policies, such as whether employees should undergo vaccination before returning to the workplace.


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