A PCBU that incorrectly believed an expert contractor was obliged to advise it when a building maintenance unit (BMU) was due for a major inspection has been convicted and fined $400,000, after two workers were seriously injured in a 12-storey fall.
NSW's WHS laws are likely to be amended to prescribe an exposure limit for diesel emissions if Safe Work Australia declines to add diesel to the workplace exposure standards. Meanwhile, a regulator has warned that 50 per cent of respirable dust exceedances result from maintenance cleaning.
An employer that allowed a substation where a double fatality occurred to be used as a storeroom has been fined for access and egress breaches, while the Department of Defence has been charged with three category 2 WHS breaches, after a man's leg was amputated.
A major employer breached a WHS clause in failing to identify and block all hazardous areas of a machine that workers could access, either accidentally or deliberately, and has been fined over a fatality.
A PCBU has been ordered to pay about $500,000 in penalties after a worker was killed by an imported machine that hadn't been assessed by engineers and didn't comply with safety standards. Another employer has been convicted and fined for allowing workers to take unnecessary risks during hectic periods.
A PCBU that failed to comply with guidelines for mobile work platforms has been ordered to pay more than $500,000 in fines and reparations, after a worker was paralysed from the neck down, while a former professional rugby player has been convicted for pressuring an injured worker to lie to safety inspectors.