An employer previously fined over a workplace death has been found guilty of breaching its general health and safety duties in circumstances of gross negligence, in the first case of its kind in Western Australia.
In this article, OHS Alert reviews all the need-to-know workplace safety and compensation developments from the second quarter of 2020, including Australia's first industrial manslaughter conviction, recklessness cases, work-related pandemic restrictions and wholesale legislative changes.
New laws accelerating workers' access to COVID-19-related compensation and easing constraints on damages claims have been flagged for Western Australia. The State has also revised the start date for its mobile phone distraction crackdown, and called for comments on an anti-violence Code for workplaces.
An employer has been ordered to pay more than $230,000 in fines and costs, after a man working in inadequate lighting was killed by mobile equipment with unlabelled emergency shutdown and operation switches. Meanwhile, a regulator has issued a safety warning following the latest of a series of work-related quad bike deaths.