A company director should have foreseen a life-threatening crush incident because he was seriously injured in a similar incident 20 years earlier, a court has found. It also stressed that the director had a positive obligation to familiarise himself with all relevant safety regulations.
The company director jailed for recklessly endangering a roofer, who fell to his death, over-relied on the diligence of workers and skimped on safety controls, the Queensland Office of Industrial Relations has revealed.
A company director has been jailed for a year, while his company has been fined $1 million, in the latest of a series of cases that show the increasing trend for safety regulators to target individuals and push for harsh penalties, according to a WHS and employment relations lawyer.
Employers and safety professionals could be on the verge of having cheaper or even free access to Australian Standards incorporated into work health and safety laws and other legislation, with Standards Australia describing a recent judgment as an "exciting step towards delivering greater value and improving access" to the documents.
A WHS inspector's belief that an employer had "no system in place" to prevent life-threatening falls was "based on a misconception", the NSW Industrial Relations Commission has ruled in revoking another WHS notice.
The Fair Work Commission has expressed concern over a supermarket giant's oversight of inappropriate conduct in its stores, in an unfair dismissal case involving a worker who s-xually harassed a number of young co-workers.