Browsing: WHS decisions (VIC)


Bullying texts and calls breached workplace safety Act

A company that did not have a process to help workers raise concerns over inappropriate behaviour has been fined for safety offences, after its director bullied an injured worker through aggressive text messages and an unannounced visit to her home. In another case, a director has been fined for reversing a forklift into one of his employees.


Employer fined $400k over fatal breaches to lone worker

An employer has been found guilty of safety breaches and fined $400,000 over the death of a lone worker, for failing to provide a two-person rule and "another set of eyes" to warn of dangers and help in emergencies.


Companies fined $550k over fatality and respirator myth

An engineering company that failed to properly supervise the decommissioning work it was engaged to oversee has been fined $300,000 over a death in a shipping container. Another company has been fined heavily for providing workers with woeful advice on respirators, and exposing them to hazardous substances.


Court clarifies safety duties to experienced workers

Employers are not required by workplace health and safety laws to "hold the hand" of experienced workers, but must take steps to ensure they have the skills to spot risks and select safe work methods, a court has found in upholding a worker's damages claim.


Employer's heart program played causal role in death

A major employer that sent an executive to a "well-intentioned" but unnecessary and not risk-assessed workplace health check "causally contributed" to her death, a coroner has found.


Breach of OHS duty to resident attracts $220k fine

An employer has been convicted and fined $220,000 for "serious" departures from its legal duty to non-workers, in the lead up to the suicide death of a youth in its care.

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