Victoria is set to become only the third jurisdiction to introduce industrial manslaughter laws, behind the ACT and Queensland.
Simply having an offence of industrial manslaughter on the statute books cannot by itself lower workplace death rates.
The railway at the centre of the 2013 Lac-Megantic explosion, Montreal Maine and Atlantic, was recently ordered to pay fines totalling $1.25 million after being convicted of violating the Fisheries Act due to crude oil leaking into nearby bodies of water. Employers and companies are increasingly being held responsible for workplace accidents.
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Every day people around the world go to work expecting to return home safely to their families. But the reality is that many never return due to workplace accidents that could have been prevented.
Verbal abuse can result in significant psychological trauma for nurses.
Violence against nurses in hospitals is increasing. Yet incidents remain under-reported and protections are not enough to ensure their safety, as well as that of their patients.
Neil Gorsuch signs the constitutional oath after Chief Justice Roberts administered it in a private ceremony on April 10.
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With Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the high court, conservatives regain their 5-4 majority, which will likely benefit employers over workers.
Technology can help workers in many ways.
Romero, Stahre, Wuest, et al.
People will still be needed on factory floors, even as robots become more common. Future operators will have technical support and be super-strong, super-smart and constantly connected.
An unaccompanied minor from Guatemala, in Hamilton, Ohio.
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Many children who cross the U.S. Mexico border illegally remain undetected and must fend for themselves on the other side.
Caltex petrol station franchisees are the latest to be accused of underpaying workers.
The franchise business model could be undermined by proposed laws which make franchisors and franchisees jointly responsible for wage underpayments.
Small acts of deviant behaviour help workers to cope in harsh workplaces.
When workers don't have leave and are in temporary employment, new research suggests they are likely to use small acts of deviant behaviour to find satisfaction in work.
Shared work spaces can be counterproductive for the employees who work in them.
Research shows shared work spaces are not just distracting but bad for workplace friendships.
Construction workers have a wealth of knowledge from their on-site experience.
Research shows if you involve construction workers in safety videos they're likely to improve safety for everyone.
It's a dangerous job and sometimes things don't go to plan.
In the complexity of construction sites, ways to boost safety can be overlooked.
Research shows the best safety outcomes come from pre-planning, yet not enough Australian construction firms do this.
The economic cost of workplace injury and death equals about 4% of the world’s gross domestic product.
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Work has a very important role in health and well-being but it can also be a major risk factor for poor health, disability, and even death.
Turkey’s mine disaster has put safety in the spotlight.
The Soma coal mine tragedy in Turkey has again brought the issue of coal mining safety to the fore. With by far the largest coal industry in the world, accounting for half of global production, the Chinese…
Paramedics have one of the most dangerous jobs in Australia, according to a Central Queensland University study. The study…
Twelve months after the devastating factory collapse in Bangladesh, safety regulations are still not up to scratch.
One year ago on the 24th of April 2013, the horrific Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh claimed at least 1,129 lives and galvanised industry and government into action. Worldwide condemnation for lax safety…
Chain of responsibility laws mean all parties involved in the supply chain can be held responsible for infringements such as speed, fatigue, and heavy or unrestrained loads.
Meeting corporate obligations along the supply chain is not just good practice - when it comes to workers’ safety, it’s the law. This came sharply into focus last week as raids and prosecutions of transport…
WorkSafe Victoria has chosen not to investigate events at the Essendon Football Club.
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Imagine a construction company asks its employees to take some health supplements to increase their stamina, thereby enabling them to work more productively. Imagine that the efficacy and legality of the…
Work has shifted from manufacturing to knowledge industries but OHS hasn’t kept up.
Only 13%* of Australian workplaces comply with Safe Work Australia’s new code of practice on first aid, according to research by St John Ambulance. But this is only the tip of the iceberg for the crisis…
Preventing a workplace injury is more complicated than simply providing a safe working environment, according to new research…