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Your questions answered: Is our national business required to have a health and safety representative in each state?

Workplace health & safety regulations

Q We are a national company, but our head office is based in WA. Is it a requirement for us to have health and safety representatives (HSRs) in each state? Also, is it a requirement in every State for HSRs […]

By Portner Press on January 14th, 2020

WorkSafe Victoria charges absent supervisor over workplace death

Workplace health & safety regulations

  The importance of undertaking a risk assessment and consulting and co-ordinating work activities with other PCBUs has been highlighted in a significant prosecution commenced by WorkSafe Victoria this month in relation to a fatality in 2017 that occurred at […]

By Michael Selinger on December 19th, 2019

Your questions answered: Does workers’ compensation cover travel to a different office?

Workers' Compensation

Q Our employees are required to occasionally travel to a different office 50km away. It is more convenient to take a car home and drive directly from home to the other office the next day. By doing this are they […]

By Portner Press on December 13th, 2019

WorkSafe’s outsourcing of comp claims fails injured workers

Workers' Compensation

  The outsourcing of worker’s compensation claims to commercial insurers has led to “downright immoral and unethical” actions, the Victorian Ombudsman has found. WorkSafe Victoria outsources the management of its WorkCover claims to Allianz, CGU, EML, Gallagher Bassett and Xchanging. […]

By Portner Press on December 10th, 2019

Your questions answered: Can we request an HSR to attend a training course?

Workplace health & safety regulations

Q Can a PCBU (e.g. a principal contractor) require a health and safety representative (HSR) to attend the 5-day course in health and safety consultation? We are based in NSW. A In NSW, section 72 of the Work Health and […]

By Portner Press on December 9th, 2019

Your questions answered: What types of travel does workers’ compensation cover?

Workers' Compensation

Q Are employees covered by workers’ compensation for travel to and from work (regular business hours)? Are employees covered for work-related travel outside business hours, e.g. travel to or from the office on the weekend or to the airport to […]

By Portner Press on December 4th, 2019

NSW increases penalties for WHS breaches and bans indemnity insurance

Workplace health & safety regulations

  In an important step this month, the NSW Government has introduced amendments to the Work Health & Safety Act (NSW) to implement some key recommendations from the 2018 National WHS Review. One immediate change to affect all businesses and […]

By Michael Selinger on November 21st, 2019

Company fined $650K over labourer’s fatal 12-metre fall

Workplace health & safety regulations

  A concrete formwork company in Victoria has been fined a total of $650,000, following the death of a labourer who fell 12 metres off a work platform at a construction site. Concorp Group Pty Ltd, now in liquidation, was […]

By Portner Press on November 19th, 2019

Your questions answered: Do at-risk workers still need hearing tests if they relocate to noise-free environments?

Workplace health & safety regulations

Q We complete hearing tests for at-risk workers every 2 years. We have a staff member, however, who was once exposed to noise, but now works solely in an office environment and has done so for the past eight years, […]

By Portner Press on November 19th, 2019

Your questions answered: Do you need a working at height licence when using a safety cage?

Workplace health & safety regulations

Q When working at heights from a forklift working platform (safety cage) do you need a working at height licence or need to be trained internally? A Regarding high-risk licences, the worker who is working at heights from a forklift […]

By Portner Press on November 14th, 2019