Workplace bullies should be starting to get the message that there are serious consequences for their actions, after yet another bully and his company were convicted and fined for breaching safety laws in acting aggressively towards employees.
A PCBU has been ordered to pay about $500,000 in penalties after a worker was killed by an imported machine that hadn't been assessed by engineers and didn't comply with safety standards. Another employer has been convicted and fined for allowing workers to take unnecessary risks during hectic periods.
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.
A registered training organisation and an assessor who cut short training sessions for high-risk work licences, and didn't cover all the components, have been fined more than $200,000 for OHS breaches.
A magistrate "impermissibly reasoned backward", and misapplied the reasonable practicability test, when she found an employer guilty of amputation-related safety breaches and fined it nearly $200,000, a superior court has found.
An employer that could have prevented a fatality by using more appropriate machinery for a high-risk task has been fined $650,000. Meanwhile, an individual has been fined for failing to prepare a health and safety coordination plan, which contributed to a three-metre fall.