The Australian Defence Force's failure to implement a safety rule recommended after a 2009 fatality - for which it was handed a near-maximum work health and safety fine - contributed to the death of an inexperienced soldier in a live firing exercise, an inquest has found.
In a case prompting renewed calls for industrial manslaughter laws, a PCBU that failed to comply with its own safety management manual or apply available controls has been convicted over a death, while another employer has been fined over a painter's fatal fall.
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In this report, OHS Alert examines all the major WHS and workers' comp developments from the third quarter of 2018, including the adoption of ISO 45001, WHS amendments in every jurisdiction and need-to-know case law.
A commission has agreed that it does not have jurisdiction to make stop-bullying orders in a case where an employer moved the complainant away from his alleged bullies. It has also found an employer's bullying investigation report isn't protected by legal professional privilege.