An employer had a valid reason to sack a health and safety representative after a dispute over a new mobile phone policy, but the dismissal was harsh because he had attempted to avoid conflict, a commission has found.
In the period leading up to one of the worst industrial disasters in Australian history, workers on the project raised many safety concerns that were ignored by their employers, according to a labour historian.
A judge has upheld a $9,000 fine in the first (and "somewhat curious") prosecution involving the WHS duty to "consult workers". He also disagreed with a landmark finding that Queensland's WHS fines should be consistent with those in the other harmonised jurisdictions.
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.
By taking manual handling training out of the classroom and conducting it where work is actually performed, a major international company has engaged workers and sparked an ongoing decline in push, pull and lift injuries, its health and safety operations manager says.
The Federal Court has been tasked with determining whether union officials can enter sites without a permit under a WHS provision for resolving issues, after a regulator alleged that eight organisers breached the Fair Work Act at a major, incident-strewn site.