An employer has been fined $650,000 after a worker died in a 12-metre fall from a platform that was completely unsuitable for purpose, making the fall almost inevitable. Meanwhile, a head contractor has entered a $175,000 safety undertaking after a worker was impaled on an obviously hazardous bar.
A major employer in the health sector is implementing a "kiosk system" with status alerts to monitor contractors and safety performance, as part of a WHS undertaking relating to the death of a newborn baby and severe injuries sustained by another.
A major employer has responded to a serious maintenance incident by eliminating a manual handling task, and pumping more than $300,000 into the development of a new fall arrest system that it will distribute to other companies in its industry.
A second PCBU has entered into a WHS undertaking after a worker caught on fire at a site's refuelling facility, taking the total undertaking and rectification spend by the two companies to more than $2.5 million.
A PCBU has entered a $200,000 undertaking, in lieu of prosecution relating to the death of a customer's employee, in a case that examined the temporal and geographical limitations of the WHS duty to "other persons".
A PCBU has committed more than $1 million to integrating a disparate "mix" of work management and paper-based safety processes into a digital contractor management platform, after a worker fell seven metres at a client's site.
Woolworths Ltd has escaped prosecution for category 2 WHS breaches, relating to the death of a man who was run over while sleeping in one of its loading docks, after promising to spend nearly $1.8 million on improving back docks, installing defibrillators and other safety initiatives.
A PCBU has entered a record $1.1 million WHS undertaking, which includes engineering upgrades to refuelling facilities, after a worker was burned in a diesel fire, while a regulator has released an animation on how to avoid such an incident.
A major employer has committed more than $1 million to safety undertakings, like training workers to identify and manage hazards that arise with workplace change, after a contract worker was crushed. The contractor's employer was recently found guilty of WHS offences relating to the incident.