Browsing: Authority/inspectorate (VIC)


Worker forced to "improvise" dies, employer fined $360k

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.


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.

Major company faces more dust charges, SWA issues advice

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.


Employer enters EU over electrocution risk; drug trafficker denied labour-hire licence

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.


Site controller fined for 16 safety breaches; and more

  • Workplace controller convicted of 16 safety breaches;
  • Chemical reaction leads to string of safety charges; and
  • Regulator issues height advice after fine imposed.

$730k penalty follows "control" breaches, client's death

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.

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