A superior court has rejected claims that a local council's $30,000 safety fine was manifestly inadequate, but the case should encourage employers to weed out rogue supervisors and ensure safety directives are followed.
An international employer reinvigorated its safety observation program and culture by teaching workers to increase safe behaviours through clear, positive feedback, according to one of its senior safety managers.
Commercial drivers are required to interact with an increasing number of potentially-distracting technological devices, placing employers in a unique position to lead the way on anti-distraction road policies and the "Safe Systems" approach, where people aren't killed or seriously injured by simple mistakes.
A worker's frustration over his employer's PPE policy and alleged failure to prioritise safety over cost did not excuse his aggressive and intimidating conduct towards his co-workers, a commission has confirmed.
A PCBU did not breach the WHS Act in failing to warn an expert contractor that wire mesh on a roof didn't comply with Australian Standards, because the contractor was aware of this and didn't rely on the mesh for fall prevention, a judge has found.
A man has been prosecuted for threatening to kill a WHS inspector, while a safety regulator has issued a special forklift warning for the Christmas period, and another regulator has launched an anti-violence blitz.
In a case prompting renewed calls for industrial manslaughter laws, a PCBU that failed to comply with its own safety management manual or apply available controls has been convicted over a death, while another employer has been fined over a painter's fatal fall.