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.
An employer charged over the death of a non-employee has been granted permission to argue, before a jury, that it had been entitled to rely on an experienced worker to apply its established safety systems, with an appeals court stressing that safety offences are "risk-based, not outcome-based".
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.
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.
Two PCBUs' category 2 WHS fines have been increased to a total of nearly $1 million, in the latest of a series of appeals by the NSW Attorney-General that reflect the community's growing intolerance of serious work safety incidents.