A major employer with previous fatality-related convictions has been fined $160,000 for failing to take the non-burdensome steps required to prevent serious crush injuries. Meanwhile, Queensland has issued a fatality alert, and opened its WHS and return-to-work awards.
A company director failed to exercise due diligence to ensure an identified height risk was recorded in weekly risk assessment and safety observation documents, which led to a worker sustaining serious injuries, a court has found.
Yesterday's sentencing of South Australia Police (SAPOL) over the death of an employee in a freezer has provided crucial WHS lessons for PCBUs with workers who work alone. Meanwhile, the State Government has flagged laws to protect the health of emergency workers from "disgusting behaviour".
A WHS regulator's investigative function will receive a $390,000 boost, after South Australia Police (SAPOL) was handed a record-equalling fine over the death of a worker in a freezer at a training facility.
An employer has been ordered to withdraw a warning it issued to a worker for a safety breach, with a commission finding it condoned the prohibited behaviour through its supervisors allowing it to become normal practice.