A company owner has been jailed for recklessly endangering and killing a worker. Meanwhile, a major employer has been fined nearly $500,000 for threatening an HSR who refused to endorse an unsafe work method, and another employer has been fined over a quarry death.
A company that failed to routinely check whether contractors were adequately communicating its safety procedures to their workers has been convicted and fined, after a worker was struck by a reversing forklift.
A superior court has rejected claims that a local council's $30,000 safety fine was manifestly inadequate, but the case should encourage employers to weed out rogue supervisors and ensure safety directives are followed.
Commercial drivers are required to interact with an increasing number of potentially-distracting technological devices, placing employers in a unique position to lead the way on anti-distraction road policies and the "Safe Systems" approach, where people aren't killed or seriously injured by simple mistakes.
A man has been prosecuted for threatening to kill a WHS inspector, while a safety regulator has issued a special forklift warning for the Christmas period, and another regulator has launched an anti-violence blitz.
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Two PCBUs and a director have been fined a total of nearly $500,000 after an unsupervised 14-year-old holiday worker was killed, while an employer has been fined over a violent attack on a worker, after a union officially requested the safety prosecution.