A superior court has rejected claims that a local council's $30,000 safety fine was manifestly inadequate, but the case should encourage employers to weed out rogue supervisors and ensure safety directives are followed.
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A host employer has been ordered to pay a worker nearly $270,000 in damages for manual handling injuries he sustained after it switched his task to lifting 55kg objects, without training or supervision.
Western Australia recently adopted Australia's second highest maximum work safety fines, but a major employer has been fined just $65,000 over a preventable fatality, with the State's former, notoriously lenient penalty regime continuing to apply to offences committed prior to October this year.
A worker has been awarded nearly $2 million in damages, after a court found his employer negligently allowed a defective alarm to be left unattended in an office, resulting in him sustaining whiplash injuries when it was accidentally activated.
A coronial inquiry has found that a single moment of inattention from a highly experienced worker led to him being dragged into a machine and dying. Meanwhile, an individual has been fined after a worker was killed on a tractor with corroded rollover protection, and an employer has been fined for confined space breaches.
A government department that received nearly 230 improvement and prohibition notices in five years, and failed to elevate a traffic-movement plan beyond the drafting phase, has been fined over a remand prisoner's truck death.