A company officer who took few steps to ensure workers could recognise and control safety risks, so they could respond safely to changes to their regular tasks, has been convicted and fined heavily over the crush death of a worker at a client site.
A PCBU and its director have been fined a total of $385,000, and handed training orders, after a worker was killed by an unsecured hose, with a court finding the director failed to ensure his company had the necessary resources to comply with WHS laws.
A Fair Work Commission full bench has stressed that employers must communicate changes to their drug and alcohol policies, including through training and timely warnings, in upholding the reinstatement of a safety-critical worker who tested positive for cannabis.
A PCBU's new "positive investigation methodology", being rolled out under a $1.5 million rectification and undertaking package, will better engage workers in safety probes and strengthen incident prevention, the company claims.
A worker's act of using a mobile phone in a stationary vehicle was a "bad look" and contravened road rules, but didn't constitute a major safety breach, a commission has ruled. Meanwhile, a safety regulator has urged employers to review their phone usage policies, after two vehicles collided.
A site occupier's injury damages bill has been increased significantly to $1.2 million, in an appeals court judgment examining the company's duties to a visiting worker who fell in a four-metre pit covered by a pallet.