Employers must ensure workers are competent to perform the work they carry out, not just licensed.
New workers may have minimal or no experience of the business’s work, or its practices and procedures. Their competency needs to be assessed during recruitment or as part of their induction. They then need to be trained in the business’s work practices and procedures, and should be mentored by more experienced workers where required.
In July 2018, a worker was fatally crushed by a slow moving prime mover. The truck was undergoing modifications and was being moved under cover at the end of the work day. It is unclear at this stage how the worker came to be under the truck. Investigations are continuing.
WorkCover Queensland will again review and update the medical fees applicable for workers’ compensation in Queensland, to be effective on 1 December 2018.
Businesses in the Sunshine Coast region have more work to do to ensure they are protecting workers against injury with 22% of 188 employers visited during a recent WorkCover Queensland compliance audit found to be operating without appropriate workers’ compensation insurance.
Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace has announced the Queensland Government will set world-class safety standards for the theme park and amusement ride industry.
Safe Work Australia has published a consultation regulation impact statement (consultation RIS) for the workplace exposure standards framework.
- Last updated
- 29 May 2017