A supervisor whose purported "brain fade" exposed a teenage apprentice to the risk of serious burns and death, in a case of "high jinks gone wrong", has been convicted and fined for the most serious WHS offence of reckless conduct.
Yesterday's sentencing of South Australia Police (SAPOL) over the death of an employee in a freezer has provided crucial WHS lessons for PCBUs with workers who work alone. Meanwhile, the State Government has flagged laws to protect the health of emergency workers from "disgusting behaviour".
A WHS regulator's investigative function will receive a $390,000 boost, after South Australia Police (SAPOL) was handed a record-equalling fine over the death of a worker in a freezer at a training facility.
A coroner has warned that industrial manslaughter laws will increase "defensive litigious strategies", but recommended a review that could shift the focus of WHS management from risk assessment to mandatory rules.
Three major government employers face WHS fines of up to a total of $7.55 million, after a worker died in a freezer and a high school student disappeared on a camp exercise. Meanwhile, a WHS regulator has unsuccessfully appealed against a 40 per cent fine reduction.
A court erred in law in handing a record high, fatality-related WHS fine to a BHP subsidiary, but the penalty appears likely to be maintained, with BHP not complaining about its severity, and the matter being remitted to a judge with jurisdiction to impose high fines.