The introduction of sit-stand desks and associated support for Australian office workers could be a cost-effective way to reduce spiralling rates of obesity-related health issues, according to a recently published economic evaluation from Deakin University.
Of the 13.4 million Australian employees who worked at some time over the past 12 months, 4.2 per cent (563,600) experienced their most recent work-related injury or illness during that same period, according to recent Australian Bureau of Statistics research.
A housing construction company was recently fined $250,000 by the Cairns Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to a breach of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 over an incident in which a painting sub-contractor fell to his death on a worksite.
NT WorkSafe recently issued a safety alert on the risk of sea snake bites to workers in the fishing and aquaculture industry, following an incident in which a worker on board a prawn trawler operating in the Gulf of Carpentaria died after being bitten on the hand by a sea snake.
WorkSafe WA recently issued a safety alert about the serious health risks caused by exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) for workers in the stone benchtop manufacturing, finishing and installation industries.
South32 Worsley Alumina (formerly known as BHP Billiton Worsley Alumina) was recently fined $65,000 in the Collie Magistrates Court after exposing an electrician, working on a lift at the Worsley Refinery, to hazards in 2014.
The Queensland Government recently increased maximum penalties for court-based prosecutions of up to $3.9 million for mining corporations and $783,300 or 3 years imprisonment for individuals for breaches of safety and health obligations.
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland recently urged workplaces to take extra care this year when preparing for work in heat, with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting above average daytime temperatures in the months ahead.
Construction companies operating in built-up areas were recently warned not to put workers or members of the public at risk following two serious incidents where heavy machinery has struck suburban houses, according to WorkSafe Victoria.