A multi-state PCBU has committed nearly $1 million to creating a steering committee to oversee safety at a national level and other undertakings, after a falling concrete beam nearly caused a scaffold collapse on a major construction site. Meanwhile, another employer has committed $387,000 to developing safety resources for workers with limited English after an employee was seriously injured.
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A coronial inquest into a double fatality involving methamphetamine, and related proceedings against three companies and six individuals, have sent strong reminders on both the reach of chain-of-responsibility laws in the heavy vehicle sector and the fact that they're being policed.
An ASX-listed PCBU accused of failing to eliminate or minimise traffic risks, in the lead up to a fatality, has been permitted to enter a $1.5 million enforceable undertaking in lieu of prosecution for category 2 WHS breaches.
The powers of elected health and safety reps are generally confined to their own work groups and don't extend to challenging an action, like a decision quashing an improvement notice, which affects other groups or workers, a commission has found.