A principal contractor that failed to act on a union's height-safety warning has been fined $450,000 after a worker was killed, with a court lambasting its director for failing to take personal steps to protect workers.
Allowing untrained and unsupervised workers to perform manual tasks in close proximity to unguarded moving machine parts was a "significant departure" from the obligations imposed on employers by WHS legislation, a court has ruled in an amputation case.
A PCBU has been fined after an inexperienced teenage worker's fingers were amputated, just months after another worker was killed at the same site. Meanwhile, a worker has been awarded nearly $1.4 million after he was seriously injured moving 250kg slabs on his second day on the job.
Striking workers at a NSW council will resume work today after the employer agreed to trial alternative products to the controversial weed killer glyphosate, which has been linked to cancer in a number of international legal cases.
A coronial inquest into a double fatality involving methamphetamine, and related proceedings against three companies and six individuals, have sent strong reminders on both the reach of chain-of-responsibility laws in the heavy vehicle sector and the fact that they're being policed.
An employer that relied on verbal height safety instructions instead of waiting for edge protection to be installed has been fined $120,000, plus $21,500 in costs, after a worker sustained serious injuries in a 3.6-metre fall.
An employer whose job safety analysis (JSA) failed to prompt workers to ask "crucial questions" has been found guilty of WHS offences, after a worker was crushed by a large machine part that unexpectedly moved and fell.
The powers of elected health and safety reps are generally confined to their own work groups and don't extend to challenging an action, like a decision quashing an improvement notice, which affects other groups or workers, a commission has found.
Two duty holders were entitled to assume a worker instructed to stay away from intruders and contact police in emergencies would not pursue an armed man and put himself in danger, a court has found in denying the worker damages for post-traumatic stress disorder.