A worker sacked for misusing pain medication has been given another chance to overturn his dismissal, after arguing it was wrong to presume his employer did not need to take a rehabilitative approach to his case in the absence of an admission of guilt by him.
A worker's act of using a mobile phone in a stationary vehicle was a "bad look" and contravened road rules, but didn't constitute a major safety breach, a commission has ruled. Meanwhile, a safety regulator has urged employers to review their phone usage policies, after two vehicles collided.
A site occupier's injury damages bill has been increased significantly to $1.2 million, in an appeals court judgment examining the company's duties to a visiting worker who fell in a four-metre pit covered by a pallet.
A PCBU has been convicted and fined after its work caused a building façade to collapse and materials, scaffolding and powerlines to fall on a major road, at a site where qualified supervisors were absent.
The Department of Defence has been convicted and fined $300,000 for breaching its WHS duties to provide a safe system of work and proper supervision to children involved in a cadet exercise. Meanwhile, a Victorian "social experiment" has found most young workers are willing to accept unsafe conditions or bullying to secure employment, highlighting the vulnerability of those under 25.