Two PCBUs' category 2 WHS fines have been increased to a total of nearly $1 million, in the latest of a series of appeals by the NSW Attorney-General that reflect the community's growing intolerance of serious work safety incidents.
A PCBU engaged to service a building maintenance unit (BMU) knew the unit was years overdue for a major inspection, and should have "prompted" its client to commission one, a court has found in fining the PCBU $300,000.
Three employers, including two repeat offenders, have been fined for safety breaches involving mobile plant, with two of the cases showing that regulators will target duty holders even where workers haven't been harmed.
The company director jailed for recklessly endangering a roofer, who fell to his death, over-relied on the diligence of workers and skimped on safety controls, the Queensland Office of Industrial Relations has revealed.
An employer has committed to spending more than $500,000 on promoting truck safety and developing mental health tools, after a contractor suffered fatal head injuries cleaning a vehicle outside the designated area.
An employer that neglected to tell contractors that a structure they were scheduled to work on had failed an inspection, resulting in a roof collapsing under a worker, has failed to overturn its OHS penalty.
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.