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.
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.
An employer that failed to implement a safe system for inflating tyres has been fined $200,000, after a worker was killed in a "percussive pressure" incident. Meanwhile, a company and its director have been sentenced for repeatedly refusing to allow WHS inspectors to enter a workplace.
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.
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.