A court has upheld a decision quashing a PCBU's category 2 WHS charges, after hearing a worker's actions in crossing a painted line and entering an exclusion zone in the moments before his death were irrational and contrary to explicit, repeated instructions.
A coronial inquest has found a worker's death could have been prevented by simple and inexpensive actions like proactively maintaining personal protective equipment, which, among other things, sends a clear message to workers on the importance of using PPE.
An importer and its director have been fined $1.2 million for multiple category 2 safety breaches, after they failed to ensure their products complied with Australian Standards, and a woman was electrocuted.
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.
More than 300 high-risk workplaces will be targeted, work processes will be banned and workers' comp laws could be overhauled, under "unprecedented" silica-dust strategies unveiled in Victoria. Meanwhile, regulators have issued warnings after a series of life-threatening crane incidents and fatalities.
A company that paid a "contractor" an hourly rate could be held liable for his heart attack death, with a tribunal finding the man's past business patterns and work with other companies are not determinative of whether he was a "worker" when he died.