A plan to allow workers in a hazardous industry to prove their COVID-19 vaccination status through a "green tick approach" would be too susceptible to human error and could have "catastrophic" WHS consequences, a commission has ruled. Meanwhile, Tasmania has applied its close contact exemptions to more sectors.
A PCBU has been convicted and fined $400,000, after an investigation into an amputation incident revealed a series of safety failings, including that an induction video did not show a task as it was performed in practice.
"Unreasonable" actions that an employer or a manager aims at an employee do not automatically constitute bullying within the meaning of industrial relations laws, a court has confirmed in rejecting a worker's renewed bid for stop-bullying orders.
A worker's action in throwing a heavy object at an unlicensed plant operator was not the sole cause of the machine striking and injuring the worker, an appeals court has ruled in ordering the machine's owner to pay him damages.
In upholding two WHS improvement notices, a commission has stressed that a PCBU cannot delegate its duties around workplace facilities to a subcontractor, and found that one of the PCBU's submissions was "unsupported by the laws of physics".
Three PCBUs and a director that failed to comply with basic height and machine operation requirements have been handed penalties totalling more than $300,000, after workers sustained life-changing injuries.
A company director, whose reckless WHS conduct involved a degree of planning and reflection, has been handed a six-month suspended jail sentence, while his business has been fined $500,000, in the second case on a work incident.
In an "unusual" case, two related companies have successfully sued a worker for their losses, after his use of a mobile phone while driving caused a serious accident. A judge rejected the worker's claim that the companies breached their WHS duties to him.