A company that failed to routinely check whether contractors were adequately communicating its safety procedures to their workers has been convicted and fined, after a worker was struck by a reversing forklift.
A PCBU did not breach the WHS Act in failing to warn an expert contractor that wire mesh on a roof didn't comply with Australian Standards, because the contractor was aware of this and didn't rely on the mesh for fall prevention, a judge has found.
A company director breached WHS laws in failing to adopt special "team handling" measures - outlined in a Code of Practice - for a task requiring workers to apply "high force" for more than 30 seconds, a judge has found.
An impending psychiatric examination of a worker accused of bullying has been ordered to consider a report from a barrister engaged by his employer, which could trigger disciplinary action against the worker.
A PCBU's failure to show a worker the material safety data sheet (MSDS) for a hazardous chemical caused him to suffer serious burns because he didn't know what to do when it spilt on him, a court has found. Meanwhile, a PCBU has been fined after scaffolding assembled by an untrained subcontractor collapsed.
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.
An employer and its director have been convicted and fined for failing to ensure workers applied the safety controls identified in their documents and toolbox talks, which led to a worker falling nine metres to his death.
A major employer charged with failing to provide fit-for-purpose equipment and contributing to a death has been convicted and fined $450,000, while another PCBU has been fined $30,000 for failing to report two rollover incidents.