A coronial inquest into a double fatality involving methamphetamine, and related proceedings against three companies and six individuals, have sent strong reminders on both the reach of chain-of-responsibility laws in the heavy vehicle sector and the fact that they're being policed.
A $170,000 s-xual harassment case has demonstrated that the conduct of workers who view themselves as merely pursuing a romantic relationship with a colleague can be "deeply distressing" and harmful, even if it isn't "crude, vulgar or lascivious".
A commission has commended an employer for its diligent enforcement of safety policies, but found it unfairly dismissed a worker by treating his breaches as misconduct instead of poor performance and not giving him a chance to improve.
An employer that relied on verbal height safety instructions instead of waiting for edge protection to be installed has been fined $120,000, plus $21,500 in costs, after a worker sustained serious injuries in a 3.6-metre fall.
Duty holders that engage in reckless conduct during the manufacture, transport or storage of dangerous goods could be fined $6.4 million or jailed for 10 years, under new Victorian laws. The move comes after firefighters called for tougher penalties and a "pro-charge" policy to crack down on the "stash and burn business model" in the waste industry.
An employer whose job safety analysis (JSA) failed to prompt workers to ask "crucial questions" has been found guilty of WHS offences, after a worker was crushed by a large machine part that unexpectedly moved and fell.
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