Browsing: Workplace safety court and tribunal decisions

FRI
3:50PM

Site controller allowed unsafe interim control measure

An employer breached safety laws in failing to ensure a plan to install edge protection around a newly created void was completed before workers were permitted to enter the area, a court has found in fining the company over a fall.

FRI
11:20AM

Numerous system failures result in tree-lopping death

A litany of failures in the way a business approached a high-risk job led to the death of a trainee, a judge has ruled in convicting and fining an individual with the duties of a PCBU $60,000.

THU
3:33PM

Second PCBU fined over impractical height safety system

A PCBU that allowed a subcontractor to apply a system of work where height workers were forced to unhook their harnesses, to move materials, has been convicted of WHS contraventions.

WED
3:55PM

PCBU fined $250k after manslaughter charge downgraded

A PCBU that was initially charged with the industrial manslaughter of a worker, whose role required him to perform manual tasks within touching distance of an unguarded conveyor, has been fined $250,000 under an alternative charge.

WED
2:49PM

Inaction after rollaway leads to catastrophic injury

Lack of action by an employer to introduce changes to work methods following a vehicle rollaway incident resulted in catastrophic injuries to one of its workers, who has been awarded nearly $1.6 million in damages.

TUE
3:45PM

Director's indifference to safety risk voids insurance

A company that was convicted and fined over an apprentice's severe electric-shock injuries has been blocked from recovering, from its insurer, any damages and compensation paid to the worker, with an appeals court finding its director was "indifferent to whether any action was taken to prevent" the electrical risk.

FRI
2:29PM

Unsafe work practice causes seizure death 13 years later

An inquest into a man's death from a seizure has provided a stark reminder of the potentially devastating long-term consequences of poor workplace processes, including one practice that "should never occur in a controlled work environment".

THU
3:15PM

Safety concerns upheld in six-person reinstatement order

A major logistics employer should have been more transparent with a group of shift managers who expressed safety concerns when they were asked to step into stevedoring roles during an industrial dispute, a full bench of the Fair Work Commission has found in upholding the reinstatement of all six managers.


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