A doctor's role in "one of the most stressful occupations" did not excuse his conduct in bullying and denigrating workers during a complex procedure, a commission has found in upholding a sanction against the man.
A European holiday worker, whose heat stroke death in Queensland resulted in two WHS prosecutions, was neither acclimatised to the area nor provided with adequate opportunities to escape from the sun, a coroner has found.
In one of two important judgments involving a long-running battle between an employer and a union, an appeals court has warned that a trespass finding against four WHS entry permit holders could have encouraged workplaces to deliberately obstruct such officials, hindering the objectives of safety laws.
An employer that failed to implement a safe system for inflating tyres has been fined $200,000, after a worker was killed in a "percussive pressure" incident. Meanwhile, a company and its director have been sentenced for repeatedly refusing to allow WHS inspectors to enter a workplace.
A court has nearly quadrupled the damages awarded to a worker who sustained psychological injuries from being subjected to "lewd and disgusting behaviour" from her manager, and from the prospect of being humiliated and demeaned on a daily basis.
An employer has successfully challenged a WHS inspector's improvement notice targeting its emergency response plan and firefighting equipment, contending the inspector relied on building codes he had no jurisdiction to enforce.
A union official has successfully challenged a ruling that he contravened WHS laws in intimidating a safety inspector during a discussion on a site's evacuation plan, where the inspector cast "apparently demeaning aspersions" against the union.