A worker who broke her leg after smoking on a workplace rooftop prior to starting a shift was on an "ordinary recess" and is entitled to compensation, because her employer required her to attend work 10 minutes early, an appeals court has ruled.
Work safety authorities have issued special heat warnings to employers, which are particularly important to heed given the Bureau of Meteorology's latest annual climate statement and three-month forecast.
A man has been prosecuted for threatening to kill a WHS inspector, while a safety regulator has issued a special forklift warning for the Christmas period, and another regulator has launched an anti-violence blitz.
Two PCBUs and a director have been fined a total of nearly $500,000 after an unsupervised 14-year-old holiday worker was killed, while an employer has been fined over a violent attack on a worker, after a union officially requested the safety prosecution.
A single member of a four-person team of company directors has been fined over a fatality caused by a modified ramp, while a company that failed to act on the recommendations of a safety audit has been fined after the general manager's son lost four fingers in a saw incident.
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