Sydney Morning Herald Rachel Browne 11 November 2013
Up to one in four people will suffer violence in the workplace during their career, with the direct cost running into millions of dollars a year in Australia.
Violence experts and the Australian Council of Trade Unions believe employers are not doing enough to prevent violent incidents in the workplace.
Canadian threat assessment specialist Dr Kelly Watt, who is in Australia this week to talk to employers, said many were unaware of their duty of care, particularly smaller businesses.
”Unfortunately, many employers don’t have a clear idea exactly what their responsibilities are,” she said.
The Australian Rosie Lewis 4 November 2013
READING skills among some workers are so poor that increasing numbers of companies are replacing written safety manuals with pictures to ensure staff are aware of risks in the workplace. Australian Industry Group chief executive Innes Willox said the practice had become normal in factories over the past two years as literacy levels had deteriorated.
Courier Mail tony Keim 28 October 2013
A NURSE duped Queensland Health into granting her paid sick leave by submitting bogus medical certificates on 29 separate occasions.
The Brisbane Magistrates Court was told mother-of-two Karen Ann Foster used a legitimate medical certificate issued by a doctor to make copies and alter the dates to gain sick leave. Prosecutor Sharron Carruthers said bogus certificates were only picked up during an audit of Foster’s employment records.
The Australian Ewin Hannan and Paige Taylor
ONE in five workers do not usually take a lunch break, with almost half of these employees claiming they were ‘too busy’ to stop work.
New research by the Australia Institute and beyondblue released today asserts the lunch break has become a “thing of the past” for employers and workers.
ABC News Andree Withey Elise Worthington 25 October 2013
A new study shows Queensland has three of the six most obese regions in Australia.
It comes as the State Government unveils an $8 million ad campaign to raise awareness about Queensland’s obesity problem.
More than 30 per cent of Queenslanders are weighing in as obese, compared to the national average of 27.5 per cent.
Chief health officer Jeannette Young says 65 per cent of Queensland are overweight but many do not even realise.
Townsville Bulletin Emma Channon October 24, 2013
AN asbestos audit conducted in Townsville’s courts in the late 1990s failed to pick up the deadly powder hidden in the benches and carpets, it has been alleged.
Long-standing legal and court staff say Q-Build, which has since become Building and Asset Services, specifically inspected the court precinct for asbestos in 1996.
Brisbane Times Amy Remeikis 15 October 2013
The government will push its WorkCover changes through Parliament this week, without further public scrutiny.
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie introduced the amended Worker’s Compensation and Rehabilitation Bill in Parliament on Tuesday.
It will be debated and then passed this week without going through the parliamentary committee process because, Mr Bleijie said, it had already been subject to a nine-month committee inquiry and the amended Bill was the government’s response.
The changes mean injured workers will need to provide details of any previous injuries, if requested, to their employers who will also be able to access their claim history.