FRI
12:28PM

PCBUs must guard against carelessness, but not the "unforeseeable flouting of rules": judge

Workplace safety, Jurisdiction, Legislation, regulation and caselaw, Issue/challenge/risk
A PCBU charged over a fatality has been acquitted, with a court finding it had successfully eliminated the relevant risks through administrative controls for "many years", and could not have foreseen that the killed worker would operate mobile plant in a hazardous no-go area.
THU
2:24PM

"Safety First" firms use lead metrics, have fewer incidents

Workplace safety, Jurisdiction, Topic/practice, Issue/challenge/risk, Research and reports
Do you belong to a "Safety First", "Business as Usual" or "Vulnerable" company? If the answer is one of the latter categories, there's likely to be a "vast disconnect" between your managers' commitment to WHS and what happens on the ground, and you're less likely to utilise leading indicators of safety performance, according to a new report.
TUE
3:54PM

Employer fined $650k over "inevitable" fatal fall

Workplace safety, Jurisdiction, Legislation, regulation and caselaw, Issue/challenge/risk
An employer has been fined $650,000 after a worker died in a 12-metre fall from a platform that was completely unsuitable for purpose, making the fall almost inevitable. Meanwhile, a head contractor has entered a $175,000 safety undertaking after a worker was impaled on an obviously hazardous bar.

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