A PCBU that failed to implement a maintenance schedule for a crane or arrange its mandatory major inspection has been fined $135,000 over the death of a bystander. Meanwhile, a construction giant has been charged under the Commonwealth jurisdiction's WHS laws.
A court has rejected a worker's claims her employer caused her to develop a debilitating chemical sensitivity syndrome by negligently failing to prevent a common cleaning chemical from being used in her presence.
Gig economy companies are often accused of circumventing health and safety duties through their contracting structures, but draft guidance from a special taskforce shows these companies, their workers and businesses that utilise their services have obligations under existing WHS laws.
PCBUs are obligated to implement procedures and training that "deal with any shortcomings" of employees and eliminate unsafe process shortcuts, a judge has ruled in handing a company a pre-discount WHS fine of $300,000, and refusing to apply the maximum reduction for its early guilty plea.
An employer failed to take reasonable care of a worker in allowing unqualified personnel to operate mobile machinery, but was not responsible for the injuries the worker sustained after he threw a heavy object at an inexperienced operator, a court has found.
An analysis of 459 workplace cleaning and disinfection products has identified dozens of respiratory irritants and sensitisers that weren't labelled as such on the provided safety data sheets, showing employers need to look beyond these documents to protect staff from potentially irreversible health problems.
A full Federal Court has upheld a union's high-range penalty for pressuring WHS inspectors to shut down a site unnecessarily, while the Fair Work Commission has suspended and revoked the entry permits of union officials involved in the incident.
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A worker's alleged failure to follow COVID-19 cleaning protocols didn't warrant his dismissal, but being uncontactable for 10 minutes while he was looking at his mobile phone with his radio turned off did, a commission has found.
Some 600,000 Australian workers inhale silica dust "every single day", yet a national taskforce's proposed control strategies focus heavily on a single occupation at the expense of major high-risk industries, a union and a dust diseases law firm have claimed.