Employers, workers and volunteers have been assured that the duty to ensure workplace safety is much the same as it was prior to harmonisation, and that regulators are unlikely to increase prosecution rates under the new regime.
South Australian tribunal dismisses lunchtime-injury claim; Workplace fatality rates fluctuating; Western Australian employer handed record safety fine over security guard injury; and Global search for national rail safety boss begins.
A NSW employer has been fined $225,000 after a worker was fatally crushed while working underneath a loader with no park brake. Also in this article, two Victorian employers have been fined for traffic-management breaches following a death.
An insolvency practitioner appointed to a PCBU must exercise due diligence under harmonised OHS laws, lawyers have advised. Also in this article, lawyers have outlined what the new laws mean for the Queensland construction industry.
Unions are again demanding an increase in penalty levels for negligent employers in Western Australia, after the Supreme Court halved a $180,000 fine imposed on a company and two directors over a workplace fatality.
Workplaces in the five OHS jurisdictions where harmonised safety laws have taken effect are now safer and more productive, according to Federal Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten. But stakeholders continue to squabble over the draft model Codes of Practice.
In this article, OHS Alert outlines the progress of OHS harmonisation in each of Australia's nine safety jurisdictions, and provides links to a host of resources that will help employers transition to the new laws.