An employer that allowed a substation where a double fatality occurred to be used as a storeroom has been fined for access and egress breaches, while the Department of Defence has been charged with three category 2 WHS breaches, after a man's leg was amputated.
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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The first of four entities charged after a teenage worker died has been fined over a supervisor's failure to tackle non-conformance issues. Meanwhile, a major employer that failed to implement its documented unloading procedures has been fined after a delivery driver was run over by mobile plant - twice.
Work health and safety regulations for diesel emissions are likely to be overhauled, after two research projects found occupational limits need to be slashed, and there are "critical gaps of knowledge" on the behaviour of nanoparticles.