A PCBU on Sydney's WestConnex road project has been fined for failing to communicate critical safety information on the high-risk tests it conducted, causing a worker from another work group to be struck and injured by pressurised water.
The proliferation of telecommuting arrangements forced by the COVID-19 pandemic has been linked to health problems ranging from anxiety to back injuries and eye strain, but employers can prevent many of these conditions by identifying and addressing any "mismatch" between remote-work preference and frequency, a study has shown.
A company and its director have been fined a total of $270,000, after the company modified its work procedures to require staff to be in a position where they were at the greatest risk of being struck by falling forklift loads.
A PCBU has been to ordered to pay nearly $550,000 in penalties and costs, after two of its clients died in similar circumstances in less than three years. Meanwhile, a WHS regulator has revealed the two main electrical hazards recently identified in workplaces.
A "totally incapacitated" worker who was awarded nearly $320,000, before being found guilty of trafficking methamphetamines and accused of an "even more egregious" act, has been granted ongoing compensation, after her former employer challenged her entitlements through breach-of-mutuality provisions.
A major Deloitte review has highlighted the role that prescribed officer duties play in "lifting the corporate veil" and increasing compliance with work health and safety laws, in recommending adding these duties to provisions for offshore facilities.