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.
Woolworths Ltd has escaped prosecution for category 2 WHS breaches, relating to the death of a man who was run over while sleeping in one of its loading docks, after promising to spend nearly $1.8 million on improving back docks, installing defibrillators and other safety initiatives.
The wishes of a killed worker's family underpinned a safety regulator's decision to accept a $968,000 enforceable undertaking (EU) in lieu of a category 2 WHS prosecution, the regulator's chief executive has told OHS Alert.
Two major employers have entered enforceable undertakings totalling $636,000 - with one already spending $500,000 on rectifications - after workers were potentially exposed to hazardous respiratory environments.
Two employers, including one that covered a dangerous ventilation shaft with a thin layer of concrete, have been ordered to pay a total of $235,000 in fines and costs, after workers sustained serious limb injuries. Meanwhile, another company has entered a $160,000 safety undertaking after a customer was injured.