Engaging a "competent person" to assess electrical safety and install protection devices for a roof space might not have prevented a labourer's electric shock, but isolating and de-energising the space would have, a court has ruled in finding two employers guilty of WHS breaches.
Ensuring employees who prepare risk assessments have the necessary expertise is one of five important lessons from a recent inquiry into the death of a man at a festival, according to a health, safety and security lawyer.
Elected health and safety representatives do not have an "overarching" right to decide which training course to attend under the model WHS Act, as claimed by a union and a misleading SafeWork NSW guide, a commission has ruled.
A major employer has been ordered to pay a record $850,000 in fines and costs, after it failed to implement measures that would have prevented an intoxicated contractor from causing an "extremely dangerous" chemical spill, which injured two workers.
An employer has been convicted and fined for WHS breaches, after its director identified a serious safety risk at a worksite, but then left without ensuring the necessary controls were implemented before work commenced.