This article examines all the must-know workplace safety, workers' compensation and COVID-19 developments from July, August and September 2020, with highlights including a new WHS Code for the pandemic, the Dreamworld judgment, a record double-fatality fine and gross negligence cases.
A business operator who failed to instruct workers on how to self-manage their work capacity in hot conditions has been fined over the heat stress death of a backpacker employee. Meanwhile, a company and one of its directors have been fined for failing to comply with or display a forklift-related prohibition notice.
Two employers face workplace health and safety fines totalling up to $4.7 million, after being charged over the drowning death of a worker. One of the employers was accused of causing the fatality in circumstances of gross negligence.
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.