An individual has become the second entity to be fined over the deaths of two workers in a smoko area, while a safety commission has identified six potentially common contraventions relating to the development and use of safe work method statements.
WHS amendments prompted by the Dreamworld disaster are commencing in Queensland in eight weeks, while the national model WHS laws could be amended to prevent devices covered by a prohibition notice in one jurisdiction being transferred to and used in another.
An employer has lost its appeal against a $180,000 WHS fine, unsuccessfully arguing the sentencing judge failed to properly take into account the fact that its employees failed to apply its safe systems of work.
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.
An employer and a facility operator are equally liable for a worker losing an eye at the facility, with both entities failing to provide equipment to match a new water pump, a superior court has found.
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.