A PCBU could have complied with its duty to apply the hierarchy of risk controls through a simple and inexpensive purchasing decision, a court has found in fining the business over a teenage worker's serious injuries.
The Department of Defence has been charged with multiple WHS offences relating to the shooting death of a soldier, after a coronial inquest found it failed to implement safety rules recommended by a probe into another death, over which it was heavily fined.
An employer has been ordered to pay nearly $600,000 to an apprentice who was injured slipping over, in a case highlighting the importance of ensuring workers routinely inspect and clean surfaces, including those under movable equipment.
A business partner has been fined $130,000 after a worker died falling off a vehicle being driven by an inexperienced operator. Meanwhile, Victoria has launched campaigns targeting workplace bullying in the healthcare sector and urging workers to call out s-xual harassment when they see it.
A major employer's "significant efforts" to comply with its WHS obligations were undermined by a manager giving a worker unsafe instructions, which led to him suffering third-degree burns, a court has found in convicting the employer.
Four employers have been fined a total of nearly $350,000, after a misdirected swim school student sustained debilitating spinal injuries, a student worker fell five metres and other serious incidents, while a company's low safety fine has been increased six-fold on appeal.
Safety regulations for exclusion zones and equipment in the construction industry could be overhauled under recommendations from an inquest into a young worker's death, which led to the first reckless conduct charges under Australia's harmonised WHS laws.