Boral subsidiaries in two states have been charged with breaching workplace health and safety laws in failing to adequately protect workers from airborne silica dust, while a small business has been charged with similar contraventions. The developments coincide with Safe Work Australia's call for employers to prevent lung diseases through the hierarchy of controls.
An employer has agreed to implement a new permit system and other enforceable undertakings after a safety inspector witnessed its excavator enter the "no go zone" of powerlines. Meanwhile, a drug trafficker has been denied a labour-hire licence in one of a recent spate of refusals.
A company and its clinical director have been fined a total of nearly $730,000 for failing to develop comprehensive safety plans for clients, and other breaches, after a client with multiple sclerosis lost consciousness and later died.