Gabrielle Lis | Every workplace has health champions and health underdogs. Motivating the latter can be a real challenge...
One of the difficulties of running a health and wellbeing program in the workplace is that it is usually the people least in need of participating – the people who are already fit, healthy and active – who are most keen to get on board. These employees put their hands up time and time again, while those who would benefit most from health interventions are much harder to interest and motivate. more >>
Gabrielle Lis | Qantas at Brisbane Airport safely retains older manual handling workers by asking whether there is a match between required tasks and individual capacity...
“I am responsible for managing the injuries occasionally incurred by some employees who are required to load and unload baggage from aircraft. The majority of these employees have been performing this role for more than 10 years,” says Gina Saba, Occupational Rehabilitation Manager for Qantas Airlines Operations in Queensland Airports. “The average age of employees performing this role is approximately 50 years. more >>
Dr Mary Wyatt | Is it useful to know the pathology of a wrinkle?
“Tell me about your troubles,” I say. “It’s my L4 disc,” says the patient. One of the most prestigious journals in the world, The Lancet, published a review of investigations for back pain. The study summarized the findings of research that looked at the outcome for patients with back pain if they had versus did not have immediate lumbar imaging such as x-rays, CT, or MRI scans for the new onset of back pain. more >>
A Sydney car auctioneer has been fined over breaches to the Work Health and Safety Act which resulted in the death of an employee. The 36 year old forklift operator was unloading a truck at Milperra in 2013. A 19 year old labourer was not provided with instructions on how the truck should be safely moved. When the cabinet was lifted with the forklift, they lost control and both were trapped. The labourer suffered rib fractures and injured knees. Forklifts are a major contributor to the number of workplace deaths in Australia. Between mid 2012 and mid 2014, 1360 workers were injured and five workers died.
A builder in Ocean Grove has been fined after a plasterer fell over two metres from a platform and suffered a spinal injury and a fractured skull. The builder pleaded guilty to breaching the Occupational Health and Safety Act through failing to ensure that their workers were safe while working. They were ordered to pay $4000 in costs plus a $25,000 fine. The plasterer was the father of five young children and has been left with a range of physical and emotional problems. The WorkSafe executive director of health and safety said the man’s life had changed forever because the builder had not made safety a priority.
A dairy farmer aged in his 60s has become the most recent fatality in Victoria caused by driving an all terrain vehicle. His ATV overturned in Western Victoria. This is the sixth death caused by the vehicles in Victoria in the past year. All of the drivers have been male. The death was “a tragic reminder of ongoing issues with the use of quads in agriculture," Australian Centre for Agricultural Heatlh and Safety director Dr Tony Lower said. WorkSafe Victoria is encouraging farmers to look for safer vehicles, or to fit a crush protection device, maintain the vehicle and wear a helmet.
Work injury insurers Employers Mutual are rebranding as EML. The compay was recently appointed to the WorkSafe Victoria agent panel and provides workers' compensation insurance in four states. The Australian owned mutual company's new branding will be rolled out over the next six months. The CEO stated, "Our core purpose of helping people get their lives back after a work injury has not changed. We will continue to leverage our expertise in workers’ compensation on a national basis, whilst also providing an expanded offering including self-insurance administration, life insurance services and consulting."