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.
A PCBU has been fined for failing to report a head knock to a regulator, while a worker who should have refused his employer's request to carry out unsafe work has been fined over a co-worker's injuries, and a man has been penalised for his "disgraceful" asbestos breaches.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.