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Your questions answered: Are workers allowed union representatives in disciplinary meetings?

Unions

Q: Do we have to allow workers access to union representation when disciplining them in relation to workplace safety?

By Portner Press on April 23rd, 2019

Your questions answered: What is executive due diligence?

Due Diligence

Q I would like to understand what ‘executive due diligence’ means. Could you please provide me with a definition? A Due diligence relates to the duty of care owed by officers under work health and safety (WHS) laws. The reference […]

By Portner Press on April 18th, 2019

Your questions answered: Are there age restrictions on heavy lifting?

Workplace health & safety regulations

Q We have young workers (aged 15 years and over) working with us. Are there any age restrictions relating to heavy lifting? Our 15-year-old workers could be lifting around 12kg. A Safe Work Australia’s model codes of practice have been developed in […]

By Portner Press on April 16th, 2019

Your questions answered: What is a lost time injury and how long does it last?

Workers' Compensation

Q: What is a lost time injury and how long does it last?

By Portner Press on April 9th, 2019

Unwary employers will now face BIGGER penalties

Workplace health & safety regulations

Q: Is Bluetooth enough, or do we need hands-free kits too?

By Michael Selinger on April 5th, 2019

KFC operator fined for young supervisors’ mistakes

Workplace health & safety regulations

Even if you have health and safety management systems in place in your organisation, if your workers fail to adhere to them, the employer can still be held liable.

By Portner Press on April 4th, 2019

Workers crushed to death while on a cigarette break

Workplace health & safety regulations

A supervising rigger for a crane hire company in WA has been fined $4,000 plus $10,000 costs following an accident where two workers were crushed to death.

By Portner Press on March 26th, 2019

6 steps EVERY employer must take to avoid a forklift catastrophe

Workplace health & safety regulations

Forklift accidents due to poor traffic management are an ongoing problem in Australia, despite the huge penalties that can be imposed for not implementing suitable traffic safety measures.

By Portner Press on March 22nd, 2019

Worker loses arm in shredding accident

Workplace health & safety regulations

A Melbourne company has been convicted and fined $120,000, plus $4,725 costs for failing to take reasonably practicable steps that would have prevented one of its workers from losing their whole left arm.

By Portner Press on March 21st, 2019

How will the WHS Act independent review affect you? – Part 2

Workplace health & safety regulations

Today, we examine the WHS Act independent review recommendations that were made, and how they could affect your business.

By Michael Selinger on March 15th, 2019