Australia's WHS regulators are likely to amend their statements of regulatory intent to protect employers that don't mandate COVID-19 vaccinations, and are cracking down on the unlawful performance of non-essential work, with closure orders and high fines.
A PCBU has been to ordered to pay nearly $550,000 in penalties and costs, after two of its clients died in similar circumstances in less than three years. Meanwhile, a WHS regulator has revealed the two main electrical hazards recently identified in workplaces.
In this major report, OHS Alert examines all the key safety developments from the second quarter of 2021, including the move towards mandatory COVID-19 vaccines for workers, the jailing of a company director, inquests into four work deaths, including a murder, important cases, and significant legislative changes.
The maximum fine for industrial manslaughter in the ACT will jump from less than $2 million to $16.5 million, under a new Bill that transfers the offence from the Crimes Act to the WHS Act, and expands the coverage of the laws.
A Commonwealth agency has been acquitted of WHS charges, on appeal, relating to the hypothermia death of a contract helicopter pilot. A court found a key measure the agency was accused of failing to implement was not reasonably practicable.