A PCBU that failed to implement a maintenance schedule for a crane or arrange its mandatory major inspection has been fined $135,000 over the death of a bystander. Meanwhile, a construction giant has been charged under the Commonwealth jurisdiction's WHS laws.
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A court has blocked a regulatory directive banning the use of a worksite's mobile plant whenever the risk of lightning strikes reaches a certain level, after hearing the directive could create safety risks.
An employer has failed in its bid to stay a WHS improvement notice, by claiming a safety inspector's limited enquires led to him relying on outdated documentation and proposing remedial measures that "were incapable of being complied with".
Industrial manslaughter provisions should be amended in Queensland to ensure all companies that negligently cause a worker's death can be prosecuted, according to a major inquiry report that also makes important recommendations on safety metrics.