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 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 company accused of breaching safety laws, in failing to conduct monthly inspections of scaffolding, has responded to a fall by employing an OHS compliance officer, overhauling its OHS register and entering a $55,000 undertaking.
A labour-hire company that failed to conduct risk assessments at a host workplace has entered an OHS undertaking in lieu of prosecution, in a move that could affect the viability of the business in Victoria under the State's new licensing scheme.
An employer has avoided an amputation-related safety prosecution after conducting a gap analysis of its work practices and launching a safety leadership program focusing on the role of human factors in incidents.
An employer has agreed to donate $50,000 to the Safety Institute of Australia (SIA), as well as provide the association with the outcomes of a major workplace review, after its failure to prevent hot work near combustible dust injured two workers.
From 1 July, failing to preserve a serious workplace incident site will be an indictable offence with high fines, while limitation periods for launching safety prosecutions could be extended or bypassed, under a 30-page OHS Bill introduced in Victoria.
An employer has committed $113,000 to raising awareness of a contagious disease, after its vaccination system failed and four workers were exposed to and contracted the illness. Meanwhile, another employer has introduced a cutting-edge forklift management system under a $225,000 enforceable undertaking.