Browsing: Authority/inspectorate (QLD)


9 parties fined in latest case on WHS "resolution" clause

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.


Manslaughter charges explained; Vaccines mandated; more

  • WHS incidents behind manslaughter prosecutions revealed;
  • Recently prosecuted employer charged after falling-object death; and
  • Another state mandates COVID vaccines for health workers.

Heat-fatality inquiry follows two prosecutions

A European holiday worker, whose heat stroke death in Queensland resulted in two WHS prosecutions, was neither acclimatised to the area nor provided with adequate opportunities to escape from the sun, a coroner has found.


Key WHS judgments go against police and employer

In one of two important judgments involving a long-running battle between an employer and a union, an appeals court has warned that a trespass finding against four WHS entry permit holders could have encouraged workplaces to deliberately obstruct such officials, hindering the objectives of safety laws.


Industrial manslaughter charge laid in electrical first

A PCBU has been charged with the industrial manslaughter of a worker in a powerlines incident, and could be fined up to $11.5 million, in the first case of its kind under electrical safety laws.


PCBU beats WHS notice on emergency plan

An employer has successfully challenged a WHS inspector's improvement notice targeting its emergency response plan and firefighting equipment, contending the inspector relied on building codes he had no jurisdiction to enforce.


Why are workplaces still failing to prevent MSDs?

A leading safety and ergonomics expert is urging employers to ensure their musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) prevention programs incorporate worker participation. She says neglecting to do so is one of four significant evidence-to-practice gaps holding back improvement in MSD rates.

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