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Young worker ignored in one of many powerline incidents

In a film produced for toolbox talks and pre-shift meetings, a young worker has explained how his boss disregarded his safety concerns in the moments before they were nearly killed by a powerline. The boss was later fined for safety breaches. Some 1,500km away, regulators have issued warnings after a spate of work-related powerline incidents, including a fatality.


Structure designer failed to act on WHS complaint

An upstream WHS duty holder's failure to properly respond to safety concerns raised about a structural design resulted in a worker sustaining physical and psychological injuries, a court has found.


Employer fined $100k; Eighty-four notices issued; more

  • Employer fined $100k after non-working riders injured;
  • Regulators issue 84 notices under ongoing blitzes; and
  • Employers must check surfaces for fragile spots.

WHS penalty increased, "unintelligible" ruling quashed

A judge has increased an employer's WHS fine nearly three-fold on appeal, stressing that a worker's injury-causing "stupidity" occurred in the context of the employer's failure to separate pedestrians and mobile plant, and slamming a magistrate's "almost unintelligible" remarks on the matter.


Safety complacency results in death, multiple penalties

Employers have been urged to boost their safety standards by maintaining a sense of "chronic unease", after a company and two individuals were convicted and fined over a young worker's death attributed to a workplace culture of complacency.


WHS breaches create "fire triangle", cause burn injuries

An employer could have prevented serious burn injuries, and avoided a WHS penalty, through simple measures like ensuring equipment was properly secured during transport and fitting a vehicle with safety equipment, a judgment has shown.

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