Browsing: WHS decisions (QLD)


Structure designer failed to act on WHS complaint

An upstream WHS duty holder's failure to properly respond to safety concerns raised about a structural design resulted in a worker sustaining physical and psychological injuries, a court has found.


WHS charges deemed defective in latest road-project case

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.


WHS penalty increased, "unintelligible" ruling quashed

A judge has increased an employer's WHS fine nearly three-fold on appeal, stressing that a worker's injury-causing "stupidity" occurred in the context of the employer's failure to separate pedestrians and mobile plant, and slamming a magistrate's "almost unintelligible" remarks on the matter.


High Court ends dispute on WHS entry rule

A regulator has warned that union officials must hold valid right-of-entry permits when entering sites under provisions for "resolving" WHS matters, after the High Court blocked an appeal on the issue.


Worker harassed and injured by manager, awarded $51k

A manager's "overtly transactional" text message proposals and acts of withholding work to intimidate a worker into having s-x with him, meant going to work was "fraught with difficulty" for the worker and warranted police intervention, a commissioner has found.


Safety complacency results in death, multiple penalties

Employers have been urged to boost their safety standards by maintaining a sense of "chronic unease", after a company and two individuals were convicted and fined over a young worker's death attributed to a workplace culture of complacency.


WHS breaches create "fire triangle", cause burn injuries

An employer could have prevented serious burn injuries, and avoided a WHS penalty, through simple measures like ensuring equipment was properly secured during transport and fitting a vehicle with safety equipment, a judgment has shown.


Safety supervisor fails to restore competency status

A workplace supervisor charged with failing to discharge his safety obligations, in relation to a fatality, has been refused Supreme Court orders restoring his certificate of competency and ability to remain employed.

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