Workplace bullies should be starting to get the message that there are serious consequences for their actions, after yet another bully and his company were convicted and fined for breaching safety laws in acting aggressively towards employees.
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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A PCBU has been ordered to pay about $500,000 in penalties after a worker was killed by an imported machine that hadn't been assessed by engineers and didn't comply with safety standards. Another employer has been convicted and fined for allowing workers to take unnecessary risks during hectic periods.