Browsing: Authority/inspectorate (WA)

WED
3:47PM

SWMS missing and irrelevant to fatal task

An employer with a "useless" safe work method statement has been fined for five workplace safety breaches, after a young worker was killed by an unsecured concrete panel.

MON
3:58PM

Consignor charged in safety first; Director charged; more

  • Consignor charged with safety breaches in Australian first;
  • Director faces jail under fatality-related gross negligence charge; and
  • Traffic management for horse work allegedly missing before death.
FRI
3:49PM

Revised WHS policy for COVID; New safety minister for WA

The national policy on enforcing WHS laws during the COVID-19 pandemic has been revised to define vaccinations as a "high order risk control measure". It also reminds employers of their duty to keep abreast of public health orders. Meanwhile, Western Australia has a new workplace health and safety minister.

THU
3:58PM

Forklift speeding and isolation breach lead to safety fines

A worker who was observed driving a forklift dangerously in a shared car park, and then refused to cooperate with safety inspectors, has been convicted and fined for safety breaches. Meanwhile, regulators have issued warnings after a storage-racking fatality and on the increasing number of serious incidents on non-isolated machinery.

THU
2:30PM

Mandatory COVID controls; "Respect" standards; more

  • Workplace COVID controls still mandatory, employers reminded;
  • "Respect" standards promised after SA harassment review; and
  • Two states launch work safety awards, with COVID-control prize in one.
TUE
1:49PM

"Obvious" vehicle risks cost duty holders $500k

The Department of Defence has been fined $350,000 for failing to implement simple safety measures that could have prevented a worker's leg amputation, while a company has been fined $150,000 after a work vehicle with incorrect load-capacity signage crashed.

FRI
3:36PM

Free workplace psychosocial risk assessment tool

Australia's "only validated psychosocial risk assessment survey" has been relaunched on a free digital platform, under an initiative jointly funded by the country's workplace health and safety regulators.

FRI
2:01PM

Workplace e-cigarette warning; Diesel charges; and more

  • Workplace e-cigarette explosion triggers fatal-risk warning;
  • Company accused of increasing workplace diesel risks; and
  • NSW WHS investigations standard aimed at improving transparency.
THU
1:55PM

Is your hearing-test process for workers compliant?

Employers with "noisy" workplaces have been urged to ensure mandatory hearing tests are carried out by authorised testers, given the provision of inaccurate data can have serious ramifications for businesses and their employees.


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