A worker breached his employer's bullying and harassment policy by creating and sharing a Hitler video parodying the company's protracted negotiations, a commission has found. Meanwhile, a court has blocked a morbidly obese worker from making a further 15 claims against an employer, and found he "needlessly" compared its conduct with Nazi guards.
An appeals court has rejected a major employer's claim that an injured worker's previous overtime payments ceased to form part of his compensation when that compensation was stepped down after 13 weeks of incapacity.
WHS offences with long jail terms have a direct impact on decision makers and force them to turn their minds to the best available protections for workers, a union secretary says. But an industry representative has claimed that "penalties don't save lives".
An employer that allowed a substation where a double fatality occurred to be used as a storeroom has been fined for access and egress breaches, while the Department of Defence has been charged with three category 2 WHS breaches, after a man's leg was amputated.
Western Australia has announced a two-level industrial manslaughter offence, revealed plans to beef up its safety inspectorate and released a draft WHS framework. Meanwhile, Victoria has introduced a new reckless conduct offence with $6.4 million fines for employers.
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The first of four entities charged after a teenage worker died has been fined over a supervisor's failure to tackle non-conformance issues. Meanwhile, a major employer that failed to implement its documented unloading procedures has been fined after a delivery driver was run over by mobile plant - twice.