A company director has successfully argued his safety breaches didn't warrant the near-record fine imposed on him, with an appeals court finding he had been negligent rather than reckless. Meanwhile, a number of employers have been charged and entered undertakings after a child was killed and a young trainee fell six metres.
In sentencing a PCBU for multiple breaches of WHS regulations, a judge has suggested that prosecutors detail the costs saved by companies by ignoring their duties, so that courts can set fines that adequately deter such offending.
A WHS regulator is likely to target more industries, issue more statutory notices and push for more enforceable undertakings, after the ACT Government gave in principle support to all 27 recommendations of a compliance review.
In this report, OHS Alert examines all the major WHS and workers' comp developments from the third quarter of 2018, including the adoption of ISO 45001, WHS amendments in every jurisdiction and need-to-know case law.
A government employer has smashed WHS undertaking records with its $10 million-plus commitment to rectifications and enforceable safety initiatives, after poor controls led to a number of workers being injured in violent incidents.
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