A company and its director have been fined nearly $160,000 after two young workers, including a work experience student, were injured in an explosion after being directed to mix hazardous chemicals in a home-made contraption.
A PCBU has been found guilty of breaching WHS laws in failing to revise its work methods after being allocated an additional task, which exposed two young workers to serious safety risks and resulted in the death of one of them.
A PCBU that defied hierarchy of control regulations, by relying on a painted yellow line to manage forklift and height risks, has been convicted and fined after a worker was thrown out of and trapped by a toppling forklift.
The worker convicted and a fined over the Sydney hospital gas incidents that killed one newborn baby, and severely injured another, could have averted the tragedies by conducting the simple tests he was qualified and paid to perform, the sentencing remarks show.
A PCBU has been found guilty of WHS breaches after a structure it erected fatally crushed a worker, with a court rejecting its claim it wasn't responsible for any post-erection safety control measures.
A major PCBU has been found not guilty of WHS charges relating to the installation and mislabelling of gas pipes, which led to the death of a newborn baby and serious injuries to another in a Sydney hospital, with a court finding a subcontractor "lied" about completing the pipeline tests.
A worker suing his host employer after high-pressure fluid pierced his hand has unsuccessfully argued the company should have extended guarding on the relevant pipes and fittings. A court found these claims were retrospective.
Two company officers and their companies have been convicted and fined in separate cases, after the officers failed to provide the PCBUs with the resources to regularly inspect and maintain dangerous equipment or align work practices with weather conditions.