Browsing: WHS decisions (NSW)


"Impressive" rectifications reduce confined space fine

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.


Apprentice injured in superior's absence, director fined

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.


Fatal isolation flaws attract heavy WHS penalty

A PCBU has been handed a pre-discount WHS fine of $600,000, plus $45,000 in costs, after its flawed electrical isolation system caused the death of a subcontractor in a tank, and serious injuries to two workers who attempted to save the man.


Worker harassed through WHS poster awarded $200k

An employer and its workplace health service provider have been ordered to pay a worker $100,000 each, after their use of her picture in a s-xually suggestive workplace health and safety poster led her to suffer a "serious and prolonged psychological injury".


Engineers fined $225k over WHS computer breach

A PCBU has been fine $225,000, after its failure to perform computer modelling to verify hand calculations led to a crane tower collapsing onto a building, exposing three workers to the risk of death.


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.


$2.5m award upheld in contributory negligence ruling

An employer has unsuccessfully challenged a $2.5 million injury damages bill relating to work road maintenance failures. An appeals court rejected its claim that the injured worker was contributorily negligent in failing to satisfy the "high" duty of care owed by drivers.


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.

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