FRI
3:50PM

Site controller allowed unsafe interim control measure

An employer breached safety laws in failing to ensure a plan to install edge protection around a newly created void was completed before workers were permitted to enter the area, a court has found in fining the company over a fall.

FRI
1:52PM

WHS innovation: how to overcome the barriers

In a paper examining "new view" work health and safety principles, organisational psychologist and WHS expert Dr Tristan Casey has outlined barriers to WHS innovation and how to overcome them at an organisational level, including through "micro-experiments".

FRI
11:20AM

Numerous system failures result in tree-lopping death

A litany of failures in the way a business approached a high-risk job led to the death of a trainee, a judge has ruled in convicting and fining an individual with the duties of a PCBU $60,000.

THU
3:33PM

Second PCBU fined over impractical height safety system

A PCBU that allowed a subcontractor to apply a system of work where height workers were forced to unhook their harnesses, to move materials, has been convicted of WHS contraventions.

THU
2:19PM

Poor work amenities among repeated WHS breaches

A WHS regulator has called for members of the public to report any substandard safety practices they witness, and warned that the absence of suitable workplace amenities continues to be a major problem in one industry.

WED
3:55PM

PCBU fined $250k after manslaughter charge downgraded

A PCBU that was initially charged with the industrial manslaughter of a worker, whose role required him to perform manual tasks within touching distance of an unguarded conveyor, has been fined $250,000 under an alternative charge.

WED
2:49PM

Inaction after rollaway leads to catastrophic injury

Lack of action by an employer to introduce changes to work methods following a vehicle rollaway incident resulted in catastrophic injuries to one of its workers, who has been awarded nearly $1.6 million in damages.

TUE
3:45PM

Director's indifference to safety risk voids insurance

A company that was convicted and fined over an apprentice's severe electric-shock injuries has been blocked from recovering, from its insurer, any damages and compensation paid to the worker, with an appeals court finding its director was "indifferent to whether any action was taken to prevent" the electrical risk.


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