Browsing: Labour hire workers


WHS fines top $320k in latest multi-prosecution case

A PCBU that endangered "other persons" by allowing an unqualified worker to perform high-risk crane work has been convicted and fined $170,000, in the latest of a series of cases involving the prosecution of multiple duty holders.


Two employers fined over safety consultation flaws

A labour-hire company and a host employer have both been fined for safety failures relating to unguarded plant, with a court outlining the measures the former could have taken to prevent an injury and prosecution.


Big fatality fine takes WHS penalties to nearly $1m

A PCBU that failed to issue safety directions to a subcontractor has been fined $500,000 over the death of a labour-hire worker, bringing the total penalties for the incident to nearly $1 million.


WHS spends reach $1.5m after two serious incidents

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.


WHS breaches trigger explosion, specific SOP needed

A major employer has been handed a pre-discount WHS penalty of $900,000, after a worker and a customer were engulfed in flames. The relevant Elgas Ltd safety instructions for personnel were inadequate because they were "scattered" throughout dozens of documents, a court found.


Punch on public street was work-related and sackable

A commission has rejected a worker's claim she should not have been dismissed for punching a colleague in the face, shortly after her shift ended, because they were close friends discussing personal matters at the time of the altercation.


Labour providers, host fined $310k; Offence filmed; more

  • Companies and directors fined $310k for labour-hire breaches;
  • Workers not informed of occupational violence risks; and
  • Workplace safety breach filmed by neighbour.

Unsafe electrical work; Injury fraud; COVID duties; more

  • Substandard electrical work created fatal risk, individual fined;
  • Workers' comp fraudster caught doing ride-share work;
  • Inspection launch highlights work-related COVID duties in Vic; and
  • New gas safety framework commences in Tas.

Full bench rules on "unsafe" labour-hire assignment

A major company has successfully challenged an order, from an unfair dismissal case it was not involved in, requiring an allegedly unsafe labour-hire worker to be reassigned to its premises.


New worker "left to his own devices", PCBU found guilty

A PCBU has been found guilty of WHS breaches, for failing to properly supervise and train a worker so he could identify tasks he was prohibited from undertaking.

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