A worker has proven a causal link between his life-threatening heart condition and a crush injury sustained at work 15 years earlier. Meanwhile, a worker's widow has been awarded lump sum compensation, despite this benefit not being available to her at the time of the worker's death.
A PCBU and its director have been handed record-high fines totalling more than $250,000 for ignoring a series of improvement and prohibition notices. Meanwhile, SafeWork NSW has issued nearly 100 height-related on-the-spot fines in a blitz, and SafeWork SA has issued a heat warning.
The communication barrier between SafeWork SA's educator and regulatory arms, which allows PCBUs to seek advice without fear of a WHS prosecution, creates obvious and potentially catastrophic safety risks, and must be scrapped immediately, State Independent Commissioner Against Corruption Bruce Lander QC has found.
A coroner has warned that industrial manslaughter laws will increase "defensive litigious strategies", but recommended a review that could shift the focus of WHS management from risk assessment to mandatory rules.
A worker has been allowed to combine his degrees of impairment from his fall injuries, abnormal gait and medication to surpass the serious injury threshold, while another worker has received a lump sum boost for multiple injuries arising from the same trauma.
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