In a case reminding employers of the reach of their workplace health and safety duties, a business has entered a $281,000 undertaking to escape prosecution over an incident where an elderly person was burned by black coffee.
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 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.
A management company accused of breaching work safety laws, in failing to instruct retail staff not to walk near mobile plant, has spent $130,000 overhauling its loading dock policies and committed nearly $200,000 to other rectifications under an enforceable undertaking.
A major employer has committed $364,200 to developing an industry safety standard after a worker's fingers were degloved in a tag-out incident. Meanwhile, an employer has been fined for safety breaches secretly filmed by an employee.
An employer has been fined $650,000 after a worker died in a 12-metre fall from a platform that was completely unsuitable for purpose, making the fall almost inevitable. Meanwhile, a head contractor has entered a $175,000 safety undertaking after a worker was impaled on an obviously hazardous bar.
A major employer has responded to a serious maintenance incident by eliminating a manual handling task, and pumping more than $300,000 into the development of a new fall arrest system that it will distribute to other companies in its industry.
A company accused of breaching safety laws, in failing to conduct monthly inspections of scaffolding, has responded to a fall by employing an OHS compliance officer, overhauling its OHS register and entering a $55,000 undertaking.
A labour-hire company that failed to conduct risk assessments at a host workplace has entered an OHS undertaking in lieu of prosecution, in a move that could affect the viability of the business in Victoria under the State's new licensing scheme.