In a $586,000 WHS undertaking, a PCBU has launched a research study into effectively communicating the key "high-risk messages" in safe work method statements, following an incident resulting from SWMS-compliance failures on the first working day of the year in 2018.
A PCBU has committed to completely digitising its permit-to-work system to strengthen its effectiveness as a critical control for non-standard work, while a second PCBU will audit its mobile plant and traffic management plans across multiple sites, in response two serious safety incidents.
The CSIRO has committed nearly $3.3 million to workplace safety rectifications and undertakings, in lieu of prosecution over an explosion, in the first enforceable undertaking accepted under the Commonwealth WHS Act.
An employer has committed to being the first in its industry to trial digital exclusion zone and barrier technology to address the hazards arising from the interaction of mobile plant and personnel, after a worker was struck by a 20-tonne excavator.
An employer is implementing a safety communication system that will allow workers to send photographs, videos and proposed work processes to engineers for "instant risk assessment", as part of a $541,000 enforceable undertaking.
A regulator has withdrawn its six charges against an employer over a runaway vehicle fatality, after the employer committed $660,000 to installing collision avoidance systems and implemented new engineering controls across its fleet.
A WHS regulator has identified the absence of adequate controls for preventing three-metre-plus falls as a major area of non-compliance in the high-risk construction sector. It has also, coincidentally, accepted a PCBU's bid to enter an enforceable undertaking after a worker fell four metres.
An employer has introduced a new injury management database for identifying client sites that pose extra risks to workers, and introduced site-specific pre-employment medicals, among $782,000 worth of rectifications made after a serious incident.
A PCBU has committed to creating a WHS management role and other initiatives, after a first-year apprentice fell nearly four metres through a void. Meanwhile, a regulator has issued a warning to rogue electrical operators, highlighting a recent court injunction and a $100,000 fine.