A regulator has rejected a second WHS undertaking application in a matter of months, this time from a PCBU that has received 44 prohibition and improvement notices since late 2015, and whose proposed undertaking focuses on implementing administrative over higher order control measures.
A PCBU accused of breaching WHS laws, in failing to prepare a proper emergency plan for "worker entrapment by... robotic arms", has avoided prosecution through a $500,000 commitment to digitalise its safety management system and other initiatives.
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A PCBU's new "positive investigation methodology", being rolled out under a $1.5 million rectification and undertaking package, will better engage workers in safety probes and strengthen incident prevention, the company claims.
An employer that allegedly failed to prepare a safe work method statement for an elevating work platform, after it was advised of a subcontractor's plan to use one, will provide mental health first-aid training to employees and subcontractors under a bid to avoid prosecution.
A regulator has rejected a PCBU's bid to enter a WHS undertaking in lieu of prosecution, after finding the business's alleged breaches could have caused a double fatality, and some of the proposed undertakings appeared to be projects it should implement anyway.
A government department that was charged with category 2 WHS breaches after a motorcyclist crashed and died at a road works site, which wasn't set up on accordance with Australian Standards, has been permitted to enter a $1.4 million undertaking in lieu of prosecution.
A national employer charged with workplace safety breaches, involving non-compliant windows in its premises, has spent $1.4 million on remedial works and entered an undertaking to escape prosecution, after a child was injured.