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

28 May, 2020 by Patrick Walsh*

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


Enforceable undertaking for coal company exceeds $500K

18 May, 2020

Clarence Colliery has committed to spending over $500,000 in undertakings, following a workplace incident that left two workers with serious injuries.


ABCC files suit against CFMEU workers for improper conduct

18 May, 2020

The ABCC has filed Federal Circuit Court proceedings against two CFMEU officials for acting in an improper manner and ignoring safety requests.


NSW contractor fined after fatal gas mix-up

15 May, 2020

A baby died and another suffered serious injuries after a contractor cross-connected nitrous oxide and oxygen lines; the contractor has been fined $100,000.


Alice Springs fuel company charged $140K for worker death

06 May, 2020

A Northern Territory fuel company has been fined $140,000 following an incident that led to the death of one of its workers.


Investigations continuing after fatality at Truro Quarry

30 April, 2020

Investigations are continuing after the death of a worker at Truro Quarry in South Australia, which marks the state's first work-related fatality in 2020.


Truck accident occurs at Mount Arthur mine

24 April, 2020

The NSW Resources Regulator is investigating an incident at Mount Arthur mine, where a truck slid into a collapsed dump, trapping its operator for five hours.


Coronavirus and Australian workplace laws

16 March, 2020

In light of the coronavirus outbreak, employees and employers must be aware of their entitlements and obligations, as per workplace health and safety laws.


2016 Dreamworld tragedy Coroner findings released, Queensland promotes "world class" safety laws

26 February, 2020

The Qld Government promotes its "world class" safety laws as the Coroners Court findings into the 2016 deaths of four at Dreamworld are released.


Queensland DNRME files charges against mining companies

30 January, 2020

The Queensland DNRME has filed charges against a mining company and commenced legal proceedings against two quarry operators and a coal plant.


WorkSafe Vic charges two companies after crane death

08 January, 2020

Alliance CG and Clark Cranes have been charged for failing to provide a safe work environment, after a 48-year-old man was killed at a building site in Box Hill.


Mining company fined $136K over injured worker

11 December, 2019

A mining company has been fined $136,000 over an incident at Doyalson's Manning Colliery where a worker sustained a serious head injury.


Burn incident sees paint manufacturer fined $75K

10 December, 2019

A paint mixing and manufacturing company has been fined $75,750 and ordered to upskill key staff after a worker was severely burnt while cleaning.


Charges laid over death in Victorian milk processing plant

10 December, 2019

WorkSafe has charged Big Hill Cranes, A-1 Engineering and an engineer after a man was killed in an accident at a decommissioned milk factory in Victoria.


Victoria suffers three worker deaths in "horror" week

06 December, 2019

Three workers have died in separate incidents across Victoria in what the state's safety regulator is calling a "horror" end to November.


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