A narrated video presentation tendered in the NSW District Court outlining a wide range of improvements to safety procedures has helped a PCBU reduce its WHS penalty, in relation to an 18-year-old employee passing out in a confined space.
A regulator has failed to recover injury payments from a workplace occupier accused of negligently causing the injury, after one of the regulator's inspectors filed a report saying the allegedly unsafe area of the site was in "adequate condition".
Courts should not place an "absolute and unremitting" duty of care on employers to protect the mental health of their employees, a judge has warned in dismissing a psychologically injured worker's negligence claim.
An employer has been fined after a random safety inspection found a worker had been provided with the wrong type of respirator for a hazardous substance, and hadn't undergone health monitoring. Another company was recently fined for failing to comply with a monitoring-related improvement notice.
A PCBU and its director have been fined $150,000 and $15,000 respectively, after unsupervised apprentices were allocated a high-risk task, which injured one of them, when a qualified technician took sick leave.
Two PCBUs and a director have been fined a total of $630,000, after their operation's "wholly deficient" chemical safety systems led to a worker using a vacuum to clean up flammable liquids, which exploded.
One of several PCBUs charged with WHS breaches on a notoriously troubled infrastructure project has successfully challenged the complaint, with a court finding the complaint is too defective to be saved by amendments or the provision of particulars.