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WHS regulator issues more COVID notices, releases compliance checklist; and
"Declining" crane and scaffolding compliance found by FSC.
In the latest major case on a WHS provision for "resolving" disputes, a union and eight of its officials have been fined for right-of-entry breaches at an incident-strewn infrastructure project.
A tribunal has rejected a worker's claim that he developed a back injury from prolonged workplace sitting. The worker contended his case was supported by his employer's safety documents on sedentary risks, and a failure to provide him with an adjustable desk in a timely manner.
Mandatory COVID vaccine rule applied to another industry; and
Plant warning issued in format first for WHS regulator.
A development company that disregarded a Code of Practice and its own procedures, apparently to save two hours of work, has been fined for safety breaches.
An employer has been convicted and fined $360,000, after its failure to address a safety risk forced a worker to improvise and lean over a six-metre-deep trench, resulting in his fatal fall.
WHS regulator shuts sites for COVID breaches, calls in police; and
Passed OHS laws increase deterrent effect of tough penalties.
Worker handed WHS fine for category-2 caring breaches;
WA pumps funds into WHS transition; and
Silica compliance improving, but air monitoring a concern.
Elevating work platforms have been linked to hundreds of workplace injuries and a string of fatalities, with incidents resulting from structural failures, collisions and poor ventilation, Safe Work Australia has warned in releasing new guidance on the hazardous equipment.
"Zero tolerance" workplace COVID blitz announced; and
Employer fails to comply with Standard for automatic doors.
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