An employer has failed to overturn its $300,000 WHS fine by claiming the trial judge failed to address the extent to which it controlled a workplace or whether it was obligated to implement the measures identified by the prosecution.
A PCBU's WHS breaches, which led to the hydrogen sulphide deaths of two workers and put a third in mortal peril, were in the high range of culpability and warranted a near maximum pre-discount penalty, a judge has ruled.
An employer has introduced a new injury management database for identifying client sites that pose extra risks to workers, and introduced site-specific pre-employment medicals, among $782,000 worth of rectifications made after a serious incident.
BlueScope is well on the way to rolling out its "new HSE thinking approach" globally, as well as new WHS leading indicators and an incident investigation tool involving "learning teams", its latest sustainability report says.
A supermarket giant's store allowed "budgetary considerations to prevail over safety considerations", and negligently caused a worker's manual handling injury by failing to provide enough staff to assist with heavy lifting tasks, a court has found.
A worker whose plans for a high-risk task allegedly included a farcical sketch of the "designated safety zone", has been charged with recklessly exposing multiple persons to the risk of death in a blasting incident. Another individual and two PCBUs have also been charged over the incident.
SafeWork NSW has committed to ensuring inspectors' decisions to issue prohibition notices aren't driven by political pressures, and to pushing WHS reforms at a national level, after the State Ombudsman found the regulator imposed unreasonable asbestos-related requirements on a local council.