A "lack of supervisory control" and the repeated failure to detect and report faults "represented an opportunity lost" to prevent a worker's death from being crushed on a mobile elevated work platform (MEWP), a coronial inquiry has found.
A company has been fined after a workplace health and safety inspector observed two of its apprentices performing electrical work on their own. Meanwhile, Western Australia's average workers' comp premium rate has been increased for the second year in a row.
A company's safe system for managing space and work clashes between different trades on a major project has helped block a $770,000 injury damages bid, made by a "keen" worker who took it upon himself to remove materials installed by other contractors.
A PCBU that failed to enforce a system requiring tanks to be pressure tested by a third-party expert has been convicted and fined, after a tank exploded and threw an 83kg metal object onto a public street.
A company and its director have been fined a total of $126,000, after their electrical safety contraventions were referred to a WHS prosecutor. Another company was recently fined for similar breaches, after an apprentice was nearly killed.
A psychologically injured worker's employer did not take unreasonable administrative action against him by declining to return him to work after an incident, but rather was acting out of concern for the welfare of his supervisor and colleagues, a tribunal has found.
A worker's failure to reach performance expectations was an important factor in determining the reasonableness of actions taken against her, but her superior's "bad faith" actions potentially made her employer liable for her psychological injury, a tribunal full bench has found.
A PCBU and its director, who relied on his managers to implement safety measures, have been convicted and fined for WHS contraventions, after a new, unsupervised employee suffered amputation injuries on a machine.
A major employer breached its duty of care to a psychologically unfit worker - who resisted returning to frontline duties - through her supervisor failing to satisfy himself that she had the psychological capacity to get "back on the truck", an appeals court has confirmed.