An employer that disregarded the recommendations of its own risk assessments for three years in a row has been handed a "mid-range" WHS fine, which probably would have been higher if it wasn't in liquidation.
Many employers that willingly field workers' health and safety concerns are perceived as doing little to address the issues, while employer inaction has caused mental harm to more than three in five workers, a major survey has found.
Woolworths Ltd has escaped prosecution for category 2 WHS breaches, relating to the death of a man who was run over while sleeping in one of its loading docks, after promising to spend nearly $1.8 million on improving back docks, installing defibrillators and other safety initiatives.
Language barriers compound the existing challenges of workers' comp and injury management processes and expose employers to the risk of workers reinjuring or exacerbating their conditions, the CEO of a care services organisation has warned.
A PCBU that failed to comply with guidelines for mobile work platforms has been ordered to pay more than $500,000 in fines and reparations, after a worker was paralysed from the neck down, while a former professional rugby player has been convicted for pressuring an injured worker to lie to safety inspectors.
A PCBU has entered a record $1.1 million WHS undertaking, which includes engineering upgrades to refuelling facilities, after a worker was burned in a diesel fire, while a regulator has released an animation on how to avoid such an incident.
Heavy vehicle drivers and other duty holders have been warned against the "trap" of determining minimum rest times based on a 24-hour period starting at the end of a major rest break, after a court upheld the conviction of a worker who unwittingly transgressed fatigue regulations.