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Evidence-Based Medicine for Improved Outcomes

The ever-growing list of new federal, state, and local leave mandates has made administrative functions more crucial than ever to the effective operation of integrated absence management (IAM) programs. However, we sometimes let Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) constraints intimidate us into relinquishing medical case management. When we do this, we are forfeiting […] Read More

Employers Can Leverage Clinicians to Support Their ADA Compliance Efforts

While compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is generally assigned to human resources (HR), employers can use the help of clinicians to build programs that facilitate ADA compliance. The ADA went into effect in 1990, with major amendments effective January 2009 to expand the definition of disability. Title I of the ADA obligates […] Read More

Targeting Clinical Support to Improve Outcomes

At the beginning of a claim, it can be difficult to know if or when referring to a case manager would be helpful. Having a case manager at the beginning of every claim would seem valuable, but it would dramatically increase overall costs, stretch limited resources too thin, and might fail to focus on critical […] Read More

A Case for Evidence-Based Medicine in Workers’ Compensation

Long before Tiger King clawed out his fifteen minutes of fame, there was Clark Stanley, a.k.a. the “Rattlesnake King.” Stanley, a silver-tongued Texan born in 1854, found fame and fortune in the late 1800s with “Clark Stanley’s Snake Oil Liniment.” He sold his salve across the country as a cure for “pain, lameness, rheumatism, neuralgia, […] Read More

Supervisor Follow-up and Positive Work Environment Help Avoid a Disability Mindset

We have all seen cases involving a “simple” back sprain claim that we don’t pay much attention to, only to find ourselves with the claim remaining open a few years later with no sign of the claimant ever returning to preinjury functional level. What is the difference between this claim and a similar one that […] Read More

Changes to handling of claim disputes and complaints about insurers from 1 March 2021

The newsPersonal Injury Commission and Independent ReviewsOfficescommencesoperationssfroms1 March 2021. This will change the way workers compensation and CTP claim disputessand complaints about insurers aresmanaged. Read More

New Standards of Practice for managing psychological injury claims

SIRA has amendedsthesStandards of practice: Expectations for insurer claims administration and conduct (Standards) to include a new Standardsforsthe management of psychological injury claimss(Standard 33) which will take effect froms1 March 2021. Read More

Changes to workers compensation surgical fees

SIRA has advised surgeons and relevant medical groups of planned changes to surgical fees in the NSW workers compensation scheme. The proposed change will bring surgical fees in workers compensation in line with AMA rates and fees paid in the CTP scheme, while still being among the highest of all Australian jurisdictions. Read More

Survey: Understanding customer experience in workers compensation and CTP – qualitative research

The State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) is conducting qualitative research with selected claimants to better understand the customer experience and recovery of people who have made either a workersscompensation or compulsory third party (CTP) insurance claim. Read More

B.I.C. Services Pty Limited applies for a self-insurer licence

B.I.C. Services Pty Limited, (‘BIC’) has applied to the State Insurance Regulatory Authority for a self-insurer licence. Read More

Survey: Understanding customer experience in workers compensation and CTP – qualitative research

The State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) is conductingsqualitative research with selected claimants to better understand the customer experience and recovery of people who have made either a workers compensation or compulsory third party (CTP) insurance claim. Read More

Towards the PIC Edition 5 - November 2020 has been released

This edition includes details on: Read More

Towards the PIC Edition 3 - October 2020 has been released

This newsletter includes information on the following appointments to the Personal Injury Commission: Read More

Towards the PIC Edition 4 - October 2020 has been released

This edition includes details on: Read More

Register now for Occupational noise induced hearing loss and audiometry webinar

The John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation Research (JWCRR)swas commissioned tosundertakesa rapid review of evidence relating to best practice diagnosis and treatment of noise-induced hearing loss. The review also looked at how compensation schemes might best measure the outcomes for ONIHL claims. Read More

New application for a single self-insurer licence: Life Without Barriers

Life Without Barriers has applied to the State Insurance Regulatory Authority for a group self-insurer licence which will also cover the following wholly owned employer subsidiaries. Read More

Survey: Understanding customer experience in workers compensation and CTP – Repeat Survey #1

The State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) is conducting a repeat survey with selected claimants to better understand the customer experience and recovery of people who have made either asworkers compensation or compulsory third party (CTP) insurance claim. Read More

Comfort DelGro Corporation Australia Pty Ltd applies for a group self-insurer licence

Comfort DelGro Corporation Australia Pty Ltd, (‘Comfort DelGro’) has applied to the State Insurance Regulatory Authority for a group self-insurer licence which will also cover the following wholly owned employing subsidiaries. Read More

Worker seriously injured falling from trailer

In August 2020, a truck driver suffered serious injuries falling from his trailer. Read More

eSAFE Rural - September 2020

In this edition: Outstanding school artwork featured in 2021 Farm Safety Calendar; $16,000 fine after farm worker gets electric shock; Dangers of plants touching powerlines; New record-keeping and training requirements for chemical use; Simple changes at grass roots help boost farm safety and more… Read More

Ardent Leisure Limited fined $3.6m over Dreamworld fatalities

After pleading guilty, Ardent Leisure Limited has been sentenced in the Southport Magistrates Court in relation to Thunder River Rapids Ride tragedy at Dreamworld on 25 October 2016, where four people lost their lives. Read More

Outstanding primary school artwork featured in 2021 Farm Safety calendar

The creative works of a dozen Queensland primary school students from Prep through to Grade 6 will appear in the 2021 Farm Safety calendar following a competition run by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland. Read More

Fall from earthmoving machinery

In August 2020, a man suffered serious injuries after falling from an earthmoving machine he was apparently doing maintenance on. Early investigations indicate the man fell while exiting the machine. Read More

$800,000 fine over workplace burns fatality in Yatala

Yatala based Oil Tech International Pty Ltd was recently fined $800,000 over a workplace incident in which a man was burnt to death. Read More

Farm worker dies in quad bike incident

In July 2020, a farm worker died after he lost control of a quad bike. It appears he attempted to avoid a kangaroo and lost control of the vehicle. Read More

Serious injuries – falling hay bale

In July 2020, a truck driver received serious injuries after being struck by a hay bale. Early investigations indicate hay bales were being unloaded by a forklift while the truck driver was doing something else, when for reasons yet to be established, a bale fell and struck him. Read More

ESO warns rogues in electricity industry – no licence, no work!

Following successful court action recently, the Electrical Safety Office is warning rogue operators against performing electrical work without an appropriate licence. Read More

Electricity Safety Week begins

Electricity Safety Week (7-11 September) is Queensland’s annual reminder that while electricity helps power up our everyday lives, it can also be deadly. Read More

Blitz on unlicensed electrical work and bogus advertising

The Queensland Government is stepping up its blitz on unlicensed operators advertising through online marketplaces like AirTasker to do home electrical tasks illegally. Read More

Worker’s arm crushed by excavator

In June 2020, a worker suffered crush injuries to his arms and hands after an excavator bucket collided with waste oil drums while he was preparing to attach lifting equipment. Read More

eSAFE - August 2020

In this edition: Ardent Leisure pleads guilty, New quad bike safety standard to reduce risks; Case study: All Access Crewing – managing on site traffic; $50,000 fine for Second Range Crossing concrete pump truck tip; New guidance on managing fatigue; New Work Health and Safety Board members; Respirable crystalline silica dust compliance campaign launch; and […] Read More

$40,000 fine over workplace amputation in Crestmead

A sheet metal fabrication business and a company director have both appeared before Beenleigh Magistrates Court this week over a workplace incident in which a young work experience student had the tip of his finger amputated. Read More

Industrial manslaughter charge laid against Gympie business owner

The independent Work Health and Safety Prosecutor, Mr Aaron Guilfoyle, has commenced an industrial manslaughter prosecution against the owner of a Gympie business which sells and services electric motors. Read More

Worker struck by grader

In June 2020, a grader was doing road works at a construction site when it struck a worker who suffered serious leg injuries. Read More

Electrical safety awareness sessions in regional Queensland

Ahead of Electricity Safety Week (7-11 September), a series of electrical safety awareness sessions have been scheduled around regional Queensland to coincide with local home shows. Read More

Register now for Better pain management approaches webinar

The John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation Research (JWCRR) completed a rapid review of recent studies to identify best practicesinsthe management ofschronicspain in a compensable population. Read More

Motor Accident Claims – 1 October Indexation

For 1 Octobers2020sindexationsof costs and fees,spleasesseesbelow updates: Read More

Towards the PIC - Edition 2 September 2020 has been released

This newsletter includes information on the following appointments to the Personal Injury Commission: Read More

Crown Resorts Limited applies for a group self-insurer licence

Crown Resorts Limited, (‘Crown Resorts’) has applied to the State Insurance Regulatory Authority for a group self-insurer licence which will also cover the following wholly owned employing subsidiaries: Read More

Register now for Best practice opioids management webinar

The John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation Research (JWCRR) completed a rapid review of recent studies to identify best practice use of opioid medication for the management of pain in a compensable population. Read More

An update on the Personal Injury Commission from President Gerard Phillips - appointments to date

The Personal Injury Commission (PIC) legislation was passed by the NSW Parliament on 5 August 2020.ssIt was assented to on 11 August with an establishment date of 1 March 2021. Read More

Motor Accidents Compensation Regulation 2020

ThesMotor Accidents Compensation Regulation 2020 comes intoseffect froms1 September 2020sand appliessto claims made prior to 1 December 2017. Read More

John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation Research, Personal Injury Research Seminar

The State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA), in partnership with icare, welcomes you to join the John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation Research (JWCRR) Personal Injury Research Seminar. Read More

New Personal Injury Commission passes Parliament

The NSW Government will deliver a new one-stop shop Personal Injury Commission (PIC) to simplify the dispute resolution system for injured road users and workers who make a compensation claim, following its approval today by NSW Parliament. Read More

Have your say: Health outcomes framework for the NSW workers compensation and CTP schemes

SIRA welcomes input into a consultation on a proposed health outcomes and reporting framework for the NSW workers compensation and CTP schemes. Read More

It's time to renew your WorkCover accident insurance policy

2020–2021 WorkCover Queensland industry classifications released

The finalised rates for WorkCover Queensland’s industry classifications (WIC) for 2020–2021 have now been published in the Queensland Government Gazette dated 26 June 2020. Read More

Queensland WorkCover premiums remain lowest in the country

The Palaszczuk Government will not increase the WorkCover premium rate, as businesses across the state battle to cope with the challenges of COVID-19. Read More

Allied health table of costs update 2020

WorkCover Queensland has reviewed and updated the Allied health table of costs for 2020. The changes take effect from 1 July 2020. Read More

Young worker injured by lifting hook

In April 2020, a young worker was injured after being struck by a lifting chain hook while helping a colleague move equipment. They were using a crane in a storage yard. Read More

Restructuring your electrical contracting business

If you’ve held your electrical contractor licence as an individual or partnership and have restructured your business as a company, you may need a new electrical contractor licence in the name of the company. Read More

Worker seriously crushed by frontend loader

In April 2020, a man suffered serious injuries after being crushed by a frontend loader. Initial enquiries found the operator got out of the cabin to untie a hay bale when the vehicle started rolling down a slope. It appears the operator was attempting to re-enter the cabin when he was trapped between the moving […] Read More

Electrical contractor guide for a safe system of work

We’ve released our new Electrical contractor guide – Developing a safe system of work for electrical work. This guide will assist electrical contractors, qualified technical persons and qualified business owners to develop a safe system of work for their business. Read More

Financial and employment help, online training and support

We know it’s a difficult time and you’ve got a lot on your mind. It’s hard to not worry about providing for your family, how to keep your business running and keep your licences and how to pay for it. Read More

eSAFE Rural - May 2020

In this edition: Farm safety calendar has lessons for all; Working safely with pesticides; Seasonal workers and harvest season; COVID-19 horticulture guide; Fencing contractor fined $25,000; Health and wellbeing tips for challenging working times; and more… Read More

Brisbane contractor fined $85,000 for not protecting workers against electric shock

A Brisbane construction company has been fined $85,000 for failing to ensure a work site in Lutwyche was electrically safe. Read More

Phone scam alert

We have received a number of reports from members of the public who have been contacted by a person purporting to be from WorkCover and asking they contact him about the claim they have lodged with WorkCover. Read More

Falls from work platforms

In May 2020, two men were seriously injured after falling approximately 1.5m after a trestle and plank system failed while performing housing construction work. In a separate incident, a contractor suffered serious injuries as a result of falling around 3m to the floor below when the makeshift work platform he was working on collapsed. Read More

New Personal Injury Commission a step closer

The NSW Government has introduced a Bill to establish a one-stop shop Personal Injury Commission (PIC), to simplify the dispute resolution system for injured road users and workers who make a compensation claim. Read More

Survey: Understanding customer experience in workers compensation and CTP

The State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) is conducting a survey to better understand the customer experience and recovery of people claiming workers compensation and compulsory third party (CTP) insurance. Read More

Liberty Holdings Australia Limited applies for a group self-insurer licence

Liberty Holdings Australia Limited, (‘LHA’) has applied to the State Insurance Regulatory Authority for a group self-insurer licence covering the following wholly owned employing subsidiaries: Read More

Estia Investments Pty Limited applies for a workers compensation self-insurer licence

EstiasInvestments PtysLimiteds(EstiasHealth)shas applied to the State Insurance Regulatory Authority for a self-insurer licence. Read More

Motor Accidents Compensation Regulation 2020 and Regulatory Impact Statement

The State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) is seeking comments on the proposed Motor Accidents Compensation Regulation 2020 and Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS). Read More

Comcare is seeking your feedback on guidance for Work Health and Safety (WHS) undertakings (News)

We need feedback on guidelines for giving a WHS undertaking under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. Read More

Beta Comcare website released – tell us what you think (News)

We need your help to test the Beta version of the new Comcare website. Read More

Empowering people with a health condition or disability (News)

The latest research from the Collaborative Partnership aims to improve work participation for people with a health condition or disability. Read More

Help us navigate current and emerging workplace disruptors (News)

It is critical that we forge powerful research partners that help us understand and anticipate future challenges. Read More

Joining industry leaders at the Injury and Disability Schemes Seminar (News)

Natalie Bekis, our GM Strategic Partnerships and Engagement will present at the Actuaries Institute of Australia’s Injury & Disability Schemes Seminar. Read More

Australia’s first national principles for GPs to support work participation

A new publication that will help general practitioners (GPs) with their role in supporting work participation was released today. Read More

Updated Medical Items Table of Costs including new diagnostic imaging fees—effective 1 April 2020

The Medical Items Table of Costs has been updated to reflect MBS changes up to 17 March 2020, which include amendments to intensive care and emergency medicine and new COVID-19 telehealth items. New diagnostic imaging fees have also been released, effective 1 April 2020. Read More

COVID-19 update

Comcare has issued updated guidance on work health and safety and workers’ compensation in relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Read More

Coronavirus

Comcare has issued updated guidance on work health and safety and workers’ compensation in relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This includes: Notification to the regulator Working from home Mental health and wellbeing Work health and safety obligations Managing risks Guidance and resources Workers’ compensation and claims Working remotely Employer support. The guidance is available […] Read More

Crush incidents when loading/unloading

In January, an interstate truck driver suffered multiple leg fractures when a stone slab fell off the back of a truck. It appears the stone was secured to an ‘A’ frame with straps. Early investigations indicate that when the driver removed the straps, the stone slabs toppled and struck him. In February, a truck driver […] Read More

Edge protection company and its director fined $55,000 for exposing workers to risk of serious injury or death

After a hearing in the Brisbane Magistrates Court last Wednesday, an edge protection company has been fined $50,000 for failing to comply with its primary safety duty under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, exposing workers to risk of serious injury or death from roof falls. Read More

An update from WorkCover Queensland on COVID-19

The impacts of COVID-19 continue to evolve across Queensland, Australia and the rest of the globe. WorkCover Queensland is focussed on the health, well-being and safety of our own staff, our customers and our stakeholders. Read More

Availability of disposable respirators during the COVID-19 pandemic

There is currently a shortage of disposable particulate respirators in Australia due to an increase in demand from health care workers and from the public and because many Chinese manufacturers have temporarily shut down. Read More

Asbestos: Dealing with prohibited asbestos

The model WHS Act has been amended to ensure WHS regulators have appropriate powers to deal with prohibited asbestos when it is found in a workplace. Read More

WHS Act penalty after army cadet injured

The Department of Defence has been convicted and fined $300,000 after a Sydney high school student was seriously injured during an army cadet camp. Read More

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advice for PCBUs

Exposure to COVID-19 is a potential hazard for workers and other people at workplaces. Read More

Roof falls

In December 2019, a worker suffered serious injury after falling approximately 5m through a roof whilst doing maintenance on a shed. In a similar incident in February 2020, a man died after falling through the roof of a building. Early investigations indicate he was repairing a skylight. Read More

Coronavirus: WHS and workers' compensation

Comcare has issued guidance on work health and safety and workers’ compensation in relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. More here Read More

Coronavirus: WHS and workers' compensation

Comcare has issued guidance for workers and employers on work health and safety and workers’ compensation in relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Read More

Wholesale bakery fined $90,000 for breakdown of safety procedures

A $50,000 fine was handed out in a Brisbane court this week over an incident in which a nine-year-old boy was injured when he fell off an inflatable amusement device he was riding. Read More

Coronavirus (COVID-19) workplace risk management

Comcare is seeking your feedback on guidance for Work Health and Safety (WHS) undertakings

Comcare has drafted guidelines that outline the purpose, acceptance process and procedure for giving a WHS undertaking under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Cth) (WHS Act). A WHS undertaking is a legally binding written commitment given by a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) to implement effective health and safety initiatives that […] Read More

Comcare is seeking your feedback on guidance for Work Health and Safety (WHS) undertakings

Comcare has drafted guidelines that outline the purpose, acceptance process and procedure for giving a WHS undertaking under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Cth) (WHS Act). A WHS undertaking is a legally binding written commitment given by a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) to implement effective health and safety initiatives that […] Read More

Worker seriously injured by noodle making machine

In December 2019, a worker suffered serious injury when his arm was caught in a hopper. Early investigations indicate the open hopper contained metal shafts and stainless-steel rods that rotated to mix dough ingredients. Read More

eSAFE - February 2020

In this edition: Kids urged to be Ride Ready on quad bikes over busy holiday period, Registrations open for 2020 MSD Symposium, $75,000 fine after serious sugar mill injury leads to amputation, Work safely with asbestos after summer storms, Latest innovations targeting sun safety, New report on work-related musculoskeletal disorders, and much more. Read More

Beta Comcare website released – tell us what you think

The Beta Comcare website has been released. We need your help testing the Beta version, to ensure the new website does as we intend. Read More

Beta Comcare website released – tell us what you think

The Beta Comcare website has been released. We need your help testing the Beta version, to ensure the new website does as we intend. Read more. Read More

Coroner’s findings into Dreamworld tragedy

Coroner James MacDougall conducted an exhaustive inquest following the tragic deaths of Cindy Low, Kate Goodchild, Luke Dorsett and Roozi Araghi on the Thunder River Rapids Ride at Dreamworld on 25 October 2016. Read More

Statement on Coroner’s findings into Dreamworld tragedy

The Queensland Government accepts the coroner’s findings. The matter has been referred to the independent Work Health and Safety Prosecutor to decide whether action will be taken against Dreamworld’s owner, Ardent Leisure, under the Work Health and Safety Act. Read More

New return to work services panel

WorkCover Queensland has now completed the open tender process to appoint a new return to work services panel. Read More

Electrical equipment in hazardous areas

Electrical Safety Office inspectors are visiting Queensland workplaces and will take enforcement action if they identify un-managed fire and explosion risks. This action can include compliance notices or immediately prohibiting the use of electrical equipment in hazardous areas until risk controls are implemented and verified. Read More

Fencing contractor fined $25,000 after teenage worker suffered serious hand injuries at Camooweal

A sole trader operating as a fencing contractor has been sentenced and fined $25,000 in the Mount Isa Magistrates Court for breaches relating to duty of care under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. Read More

Updated health monitoring guides for workers, PCBUs and medical practitioners are now available

These guides are the first of a series of updated and new health monitoring guides that will be published over the coming months. Read More

Latest scheme performance data

Our latest scheme performance data is now available here. Read More

Health monitoring guide for crystalline silica

Under the model WHS Regulations, a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) must provide health monitoring for workers if they carry out ongoing work using, handling, generating or storing crystalline silica, and there is a significant risk to the worker’s health because of exposure. Read More

Premier’s Statement on Coronavirus

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has conducted another meeting of Queensland’s Disaster Management Committee, the third in as many days. The group, including Queensland’s Chief Medical Officer, is co-ordinating the state’s Coronavirus response. Read More

Latest reports on WHS and workers’ compensation in Australia and New Zealand now available

The Comparative Performance Monitoring report 21st edition and Comparison of Workers’ Compensation Arrangements in Australia and New Zealand 2019 have been published. Read More

Resources on working in heat and air pollution

Heat and air pollution from bushfires can be hazardous and can cause harm to people working in both indoor and outdoor work environments. Read More

eSAFE Rural - January 2020

In this edition: Bushfire damage and asbestos; Unlicensed labour hire provider in Emerald fined $60,000; Agri-workers reap benefit of award-winning safety campaigns; Review into 2,4-D recommends handling changes; Case study: A team approach to the welfare of all workers; Get in early and book your free Safety Advocate visit for 2020; Electrical Safety Codes of […] Read More

Comcare careers in NT and TAS

Comcare is recruiting in Launceston and Darwin. More here. Read More

Snorkel and dive safety for Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is one of the busiest times of year for Queensland’s dive and snorkel industry. Many people are visiting the Great Barrier Reef and other destinations to dive or snorkel, often for the first time. Read More

New year safety check

The new year is a great time for a quick safety check of your business before things get busy. Read More

Electrical safety codes of practice 2020

Continued guidance on electrical safety standards remains available following the automatic expiry of three electrical safety codes of practice on 1 January 2020. Read More

Australian Workers’ Compensation Statistics 2017–18

This report provides the latest workers’ compensation data, including occupation and industry data. Read More

Bushfires and air pollution

Workplaces must have measures in place to protect worker health and safety and manage risks. Read More

Poor Air Quality: What are your WHS obligations?

With bushfires impacting communities across Australia, Comcare would like to advise PCBUs (Persons Conducting a Business or Undertaking) of their obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011. Read More

Poor Air Quality: What are your WHS obligations?

With bushfires impacting communities across Australia, Comcare would like to advise PCBUs (Persons Conducting a Business or Undertaking) of their obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011. PCBUs must ensure they provide and maintain a safe working environment for their workers in indoor and outdoor environments so as […] Read More

Agricultural industry mobile plant roll-over incidents

In October 2019, a man died on a rural property died after being crushed by the tractor he was operating. Initial findings suggest he was reversing the tractor into a deep excavation, when for reasons yet to be established, the tractor rolled. Read More

eSAFE - December 2019

In this edition: Kids urged to be Ride Ready on quad bikes over busy holiday period, Registrations open for 2020 MSD Symposium, $75,000 fine after serious sugar mill injury leads to amputation, Work safely with asbestos after summer storms, Latest innovations targeting sun safety, New report on work-related musculoskeletal disorders, and much more. Read More

Worker struck by building materials

In November 2019, a truck driver sustained serious lacerations to his leg when he was struck by building materials which had fallen off a pallet. Read More

Incident at Public Swimming Pool

In November, a young child was submerged underwater for less than two minutes at a supervised public pool. On-duty lifeguards administered CPR until QAS officers arrived and took over. The child was taken to hospital and later passed away. Read More

Outdoor air pollution

Parts of Australia have been experiencing reduced outdoor air quality as a result of bushfire smoke and airborne dust. Read More

Empowering people with a health condition or disability

The latest research from the Collaborative Partnership to improve work participation addresses an important gap in evidence on empowerment strategies for people with a health condition or disability to use work as part of their recovery. Read More

Electrical licence updates

Following a review of restricted electrical work licences (RELs), you will see a few changes to how it looks when you renew and receive your new licence card. Read More

Worker injured on construction site

In October 2019, a compact track loader (commonly known as a posi-track or bobcat) was moving spoil on a construction site when it reversed into a worker who suffered serious leg injuries. Read More

Builder fined over Gold Coast workplace injury

A qualified carpenter working on a Gold Coast house has been fined $20,000 over a workplace incident which left his apprentice with a fractured leg. Read More

Work Christmas parties - a little planning can stop things getting silly

With many workplaces about to get together for Christmas break up parties, employers are reminded that the “silly season” is not an excuse to disregard safety, including the responsible service of alcohol. Read More

New report on work-related musculoskeletal disorders

Safe Work Australia has published a new report on work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Read More

Kids urged to be Ride Ready on quad bikes over busy holiday period

Queenslanders have been reminded to keep their kids safe on quad bikes as the school holidays and weeks of free time approach. Read More

Electrical safety for tenants and property owners

New guidance for tenants and property owners about electrical safety in rental properties is now available. Read More

Zip line terminations

The purpose of this safety alert is to inform zip line owners, operators, engineers and riggers of the risk of failure of zip line terminations and to provide guidance to help prevent the failure of zip lines. Read More

Know the hazards of working in heat

Working in heat can be hazardous and can cause harm to workers in both indoor and outdoor work environments. Read More

AS/NZS3012:2019 Electrical installations - Construction and demolition sites

AS/NZS3012:2019 Electrical installations – Construction and demolition sites was published on 4 November 2019. The new edition contains several changes from the 2010 edition. Read More

Brisbane builder fined over work safety breaches

A Brisbane builder was fined $24,000 this week over breaches of Queensland work safety laws which posed a serious risk to workers. Read More

Fatal fall at tourist attraction

In October 2019, a patron died, and another was seriously injured while using a zipline attraction as part of a rainforest adventure tour. Read More

Electrical licensing disciplinary action

The Electrical Licensing Committee has disqualified an electrical worker from holding an electrical work or contractor licence for five years. He had advertised his services online to perform unlicensed electrical contracting work. Read More

Help us navigate current and emerging workplace disruptors

Australia’s working landscape is changing and it is critical that we forge powerful research partners that help us understand and anticipate the challenges that lie ahead. More here. Read More

Help us navigate current and emerging workplace disruptors

Australia’s working landscape is changing and it is critical that we forge powerful research partners that help us understand and anticipate the challenges that lie ahead. Read More

$54,000 fine after elderly woman injured

A Brendale company and one of its officers have been fined $54,000 after a woman was injured when a water tank being delivered to her Morton Vale property struck her. Read More

New framework for Workplace Rehabilitation Providers

Applications are open for Workplace Rehabilitation Providers in the Comcare scheme with a new framework that aims to improve approvals, renewals and monitoring. Submit your application by 31 December 2019. More information about eligibility, criteria, standards and performance monitoring here. Read More

Industrial gas and liquid supplier fined $200,000 after incident at Wacol plant

A large national company with ties to an international entity which specialises in the manufacturing and supply of industrial gases was yesterday sentenced in the Richlands Magistrates Court. Read More

Changes to Medical items table of costs - effective 1 December 2019

WorkCover Queensland has reviewed and updated the table of costs for medical treatment applicable for workers’ compensation in Queensland. The changes are effective 1 December 2019 and impact the Medical items table of costs and the Supplementary services table of costs for GPs and Specialists. Read More

New resources for storing pool chemicals

Learn about the risks of storing swimming pool chemicals. Read More

Work-related fatalities continue to decline but more work needed

Safe Work Australia has released the Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities Australia 2018 report, which provides the latest detailed national statistics on all workers and bystanders fatally injured through work-related activity. Read More

Electrical Licensing Committee September 2019 disciplinary outcomes

During September 2019, the Electrical Licensing Committee held disciplinary hearings against five licence holders. Read More

Application for expansion of a specialised insurer licence – Guild Insurance Limited

Guild Insurance Limited (‘Guild’) has applied to the State Insurance Regulatory Authority to expand its Defined Industry to include the early learning sector. Read More

New benefits for injured workers

Injured workers will be eligible for two new benefits that provide further support for them to return to work. Read More

Application for renewal of a specialised insurer licence – Guild Insurance Limited

The Licensing framework for specialised insurers requires SIRA to provide notification on its website when an application to renew an existing licence is received. Read More

More benefits to support injured workers

Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Victor Dominello today announced further changes to the state’s workers compensation regulations, which boosts benefits for injured workers to assist in their recovery and return to work. Read More

State Insurance Regulatory Authority Board members appointed

The inaugural Board of the State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) has been appointed by NSW Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Victor Dominello. Read More

House Rules winner hosts Healthy Lungs Forum

A qualified electrician with an interest in asbestos, House Rules winner Luke Cook will preside over the first ever Healthy Lungs Forum in Brisbane on Wednesday 27 November 2019. Read More

Joining industry leaders at the Injury & Disability Schemes Seminar

Natalie Bekis, Comcare’s GM Strategic Partnerships and Engagement is presenting at the Actuaries Institute of Australia’s Injury & Disability Schemes Seminar where the 2019 theme is Insights and Outcomes. Read More

New guidance for labour hire

Safe Work Australia recently published new guidance for Labour hire: duties of persons conducting a business or undertaking. Read More

Workplace exposure standards framework: Decision RIS now available

This decision regulation impact statement (decision RIS) is about the framework for workplace exposure standards under the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws and how it should be kept up to date. Read More

Callaghan 37 metre concrete placing booms

This safety alert concerns the collapse of a Callaghan 37 metre concrete placing boom and includes actions to be taken by boom owners to avoid similar incidents. Read More

New resources for chemical storage

Learn how to prepare chemical registers, manifests and site plans. Read More

Lifting clutch failure

The purpose of this health and safety alert is to inform workers, employers, builders and designers of the risk of failure of lifting clutches associated with tilt-up and pre-cast concrete erection. Read More

Latest data on worker fatalities and serious workers’ compensation claims

The report shows that in 2018, 144 people were fatally injured at work. The number and rate of worker fatalities have continued to decline in line with long-term trends. Read More

Stay safe after National Safe Work Month

National Safe Work Month may be over for 2019 but staying safe doesn’t end here. Be a safety champion in your workplace every day. Read More

Abattoir fatality after worker crushed by machinery

In July 2019, a worker was manually handling goat carcasses when he was trapped by a hydraulically operated stainless-steel bucket, sustaining fatal crush injuries. Read More

Alert 15 - Towing trailers using plant not designed to tow, and trailer landing leg safety

This alert highlights the potential risks when releasing the brakes of a trailer when it is not connected to a prime mover, towing a trailer with plant that is not designed to tow, and designing and using landing legs. Read More

Alert 16 - Falling objects

This alert is to highlight the importance of managing the risk to health and safety of falling objects. Read More

Alert 17 - Angle Grinders

This alert highlight the risks associated with removing guards and using incorrect discs on angle grinders. Read More

Alert 18 - Asbestos in Bunsen Burner Gauze Mats

This alert highlights the risk of exposure to asbestos in bunsen burner gauze mats. Read More

Alert 14 - Safety Recall: Polaris Ranger 500

This Alert concerns the risk of injury due to an engineering characteristic of specific plant that may be in use. Read More

Charges over injuries at Campbell Barracks

Three companies have been charged over two separate incidents that caused injuries to workers during the redevelopment of Perth’s Campbell Barracks. Read More

WHS charges over Townsville incident

Prosecutors have filed federal work health and safety charges against the Department of Defence after a worker suffered critical injuries during a maintenance operation. Read More

$200,000 penalty after worker crushed (updated)

UPDATE: Thales Australia Ltd pleaded not guilty to eight charges of failing in its duties under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, and the matter went to trial in May 2018. Magistrate Daley found Thales guilty of two charges in January 2019 and the company was convicted and fined $160,000 on 27 March 2019. […] Read More

Defence Department charged over fatality

The Department of Defence has been charged with breaching Commonwealth work health and safety laws over the death of a soldier during a training exercise. Read More

Laboratory explosion results in WHS charges

CSIRO has been charged with breaching federal work health and safety laws over an explosion at a Melbourne research facility. Read More

Next steps with the Collaborative Partnership

Key decision makers have come together in Canberra to discuss the future of Australia’s first cross-sector alliance to improve work participation – the Collaborative Partnership. Read More

Impressive results in workplace trial of Beyond Blue’s NewAccess coaching service

A 78% recovery rate has been achieved as part of Comcare’s trial of NewAccess – a Beyond Blue mental health coaching service. Read More

Comcare & SRCC Annual Report 2018-19

Seacare Annual Report 2018-19

Know your workplace and know your responsibility for National Safe Work Month

This week, as part of National Safe Work Month, we’re focusing on managing risk and maintaining safety in the workplace. Read More

Release of elevating work platforms audit report

17 October 2019 Release of elevating work platforms audit report Safety News Read More

Incident at the Port Pirie Smelter

4 October 2019 Incident at the Port Pirie Smelter Incident Alert Read More

Incident at Bowden construction site

3 October 2019 Incident at Bowden construction site Incident Alert Read More

Incident at Frome Street, Adelaide construction site

3 October 2019 Incident at Frome Street, Adelaide construction site Incident Alert Read More

Be a Safety Champion during 2019 National Safe Work Month

30 September 2019 Be a Safety Champion during 2019 National Safe Work Month Media Release Read More

Augusta Zadow Awards 2019 address domestic violence, sex industry

3 October 2019 Augusta Zadow Awards 2019 address domestic violence, sex industry Media Release Read More

Suspension of Class A Asbestos Removal Licence

26 September 2019 Suspension of Class A Asbestos Removal Licence Media Release Read More

Fire at Whyalla Jetty

12 September 2019 Fire at Whyalla Jetty Incident Alert Read More

Angle grinder kickback

24 September 2019 Angle grinder kickback Incident Alert Read More

Work stopped on demolition site at Port Adelaide

11 September 2019 Work stopped on demolition site at Port Adelaide Media Release Read More

SafeWork SA is satisfied no safety issue with ride at Royal Adelaide Show

5 September 2019 SafeWork SA is satisfied no safety issue with ride at Royal Adelaide Show Media Release Read More

Response to comments by CFMEU

6 September 2019 Response to comments by CFMEU Media Release Read More

SafeWork SA completes audit of 2019 Royal Adelaide Show rides

29 August 2019 SafeWork SA completes audit of 2019 Royal Adelaide Show rides Media Release Read More

SafeWork SA secures second conviction over bullying of construction apprentice

28 August 2019 SafeWork SA secures second conviction over bullying of construction apprentice Media Release Read More

Nyrstar incident

29 August 2019 Nyrstar incident Media Release Read More

Heavy earthmoving equipment

23 August 2019 Heavy earthmoving equipment Safety Alert Read More

Nyrstar incident

6 August 2019 Nyrstar incident Safety Alert Read More

SafeWork SA secures conviction after worker falls from height

21 August 2019 SafeWork SA secures conviction after worker falls from height Media Release Read More

Lifts in private residences

31 July 2019 Lifts in private residences Safety News Read More

Working with imported plant or pressure equipment

30 July 2019 Working with imported plant or pressure equipment Safety Alert Read More

High pressure water blaster used on asbestos roof

In June 2019, two people used a high-pressure water blaster on a corrugated asbestos cement roof (super six roof). As a result, asbestos contaminated dust and debris (ACD) ended up on neighbouring residential properties. Read More

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Lump sum payments

Self-insured employers are required to notify us of any lump sum payments made to made to injured workers. Read More

ReturnToWorkSA-Annual-Report-2018-19.pdf

ReturnToWorkSA Annual Report 2018-19. Read More

ReturnToWorkSA Annual Report 2018-19

The ReturnToWorkSA Annual Report 2018-19 (PDF, 10000 KB) highlights the achievements of the Return to Work scheme, including ensuring the effective economic operation of the Scheme and realising the health benefits of work. Read More

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Schedule-of-sums.docx

The Schedule of sums outlines any monetary amounts that need to be adjusted in the manner required by the Return to Work Act 2014 and/or the Return to Work Regulations 2015. Read More

Physiotherapy-management-plan.docx

Physiotherapy Management Plan Read More

Psychology-management-plan.docx

Psychology Management Plan Read More

Osteopathy-management-plan.docx

Osteopathy Management Plan Read More

Chiropractic-management-plan.docx

The Chiropractic Management Plan, June 29. 2018. Read More

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Launch of National Return to Work Strategy 2020-2030

National Return to Work Strategy 2020-2030 and ReturnToWorkSA’s initiatives and activities that support the five action areas of the plan and help to deliver positive return to work outcomes. Read More

Occupational-therapy-management-plan.docx

Occupational Therapy Management Plan Read More

Exercise-Physiology-management-plan.docx

Exercise Physiology Management Plan Read More

eSAFE - October 2019

In this edition: More successful prosecutions under Queensland’s labour hire laws, Queensland Safe Work Awards honour innovators; Scissor hoist death leads to fine and guarding improvements; Audits to target sprain and strain hazards; Reduce sedentary work and BeUpstanding!; and much more. Read More

Logan/Browns Plains sparkies – we need your help!

Logan/Browns Plains sparkies in particular should keep an eye out for Dielle YK78 Model Residual Current Device (RCD) recalled by the supplier due to a risk of electrical fire and electric shock. Read More

Elastic spring-back in wear plates on excavator buckets

The purpose of this safety alert is to highlight the risk of elastic energy being released when wear plates on excavator buckets or similar parts on other equipment are being removed or repaired. Read More

First prosecution under Queensland’s pioneering industrial manslaughter laws

In a first for Queensland, the Work Health and Safety Prosecutor has commenced a prosecution against Brisbane Auto Recycling Pty Ltd for industrial manslaughter under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. Read More

Building company fined $110,000 over worker impaling

A Brisbane building company has been fined $110,000 after a worker fell and was impaled on a steel bar while constructing a Balmoral house. Read More

Check out our safety champion resources

We have compiled many resources this year to show how workers, employers, individuals and business can champion WHS at their workplace. Anyone can be a safety champion and have a positive influence on WHS at their workplace. Read More

National strategy to improve outcomes for Australian workers

Today Safe Work Australia launches the National Return to Work Strategy 2020-2030. Read More

Welcome to National Safe Work Month

Today is the start of National Safe Work Month—a time to commit to building safe and healthy workplaces for all Australians. Read More

This week is all about mental health in the workplace

This National Safe Work Month Safe Work Australia recognises World Mental Health Day.  Read More

Become a BeUpstanding Champion

This National Safe Work Month, become a BeUpstanding Champion and encourage your workplace to stand up, sit less and move more. Read More

Poultry producer fined $90,000 over workplace injury

A Nerang poultry producer has been fined $90,000 after a worker was run over by a forklift that had its reverse warning beepers switched off because of noise complaints. Read More

WHO Knows Newsletter May 2019

WHO Knows May 2019 Newsletter The workers’ compensation landscape continues to evolve, with a number of important changes to State schemes. We provide a summary of the key items for your business to consider in the lead up to your renewal. Read More