An employer has been fined $650,000 after a worker died in a 12-metre fall from a platform that was completely unsuitable for purpose, making the fall almost inevitable. Meanwhile, a head contractor has entered a $175,000 safety undertaking after a worker was impaled on an obviously hazardous bar.
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The Fair Work Commission has dismissed a worker's stop-bullying application, finding her co-worker's rude and "aggressive" emails should be viewed through a "prism of banter" from when their working relationship was amicable.
The workplace manslaughter laws introduced in Victoria on Tuesday could capture workplace practices that "fail to create a culture of compliance", actions that cause a mental illness that leads to death, and negligent conduct or fatalities that occur in other jurisdictions, the State Government has revealed.
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Australia's highest work safety fine and the offence of workplace manslaughter are being introduced to the Victorian Parliament today. Meanwhile, regulators have issued a fatality alert and tips on working safely in heat and with elevating work platforms.
Three employers have been fined a total of more than $300,000 for height and access breaches, including in one case that shows a simple slip can have a devastating impact on workers and expose duty holders to prosecution.
A major workers' comp Bill amending the test for psychological injuries has passed Queensland Parliament, while Victoria has reported a near record low workplace injury rate, and workers' comp changes have commenced in NSW.
A worker who claims she was severely psychologically impaired by being bullied and harassed after making a statement to a taskforce investigating s-xist behaviour in her workplace, has been allowed to sue her former employer for damages.