A tribunal has upheld an employer's actions in dismissing a worker for misconduct on his first day back at work after suffering mental health issues, but concedes it could have handled the early signs of his erratic behaviour differently and provided more support.
One of Australia's largest employers negligently failed to implement a simple system for keeping a floor free from slippery substances, or act on a worker's complaints about the issue, a superior court has ruled.
A PCBU has been ordered to pay about $500,000 in penalties after a worker was killed by an imported machine that hadn't been assessed by engineers and didn't comply with safety standards. Another employer has been convicted and fined for allowing workers to take unnecessary risks during hectic periods.
A tribunal full bench has rejected a major employer's claim that it wasn't required to consider a worker's personal circumstances, which made her more susceptible to injury, when undertaking "reasonable" administrative action against her.
A union and two organisers attempted to pressure an employer to continue providing work to an injured delegate by making "bogus" safety complaints about manual handling training and rescue kits at three sites, a court has found.
In a judgment highlighting the dangers of sedentary work, a commission has found that being desk-bound with a "slow" computer for seven hours a day substantially contributed to a worker's deep vein thrombosis.
An employer has been convicted and fined $150,000 for failing to respond to changed conditions at a site by training workers in the dangers of working near powerlines, after a worker was injured in an electrical explosion.