The surge of online, flexible work arrangements and digital employee management processes is one of many ways technological change will disrupt existing WHS management mechanisms and standards, Europe's peak safety agency says in a major report.
A single member of a four-person team of company directors has been fined over a fatality caused by a modified ramp, while a company that failed to act on the recommendations of a safety audit has been fined after the general manager's son lost four fingers in a saw incident.
An employer's mysterious decision to abandon an automated process forced a labour-hire worker to continuously go up and down wet stairs and eventually fall, a superior court has ruled in awarding the worker $890,000 in damages.
In sentencing a PCBU for multiple breaches of WHS regulations, a judge has suggested that prosecutors detail the costs saved by companies by ignoring their duties, so that courts can set fines that adequately deter such offending.
Western Australia recently adopted Australia's second highest maximum work safety fines, but a major employer has been fined just $65,000 over a preventable fatality, with the State's former, notoriously lenient penalty regime continuing to apply to offences committed prior to October this year.