A second PCBU has been fined after roof infrastructure damaged by workers went unreported and pierced another worker's head, bringing the total penalty imposed on two related entities over the incident to $316,000.
An employer forewent a manufacturer-approved method for performing a high-risk task because of a project's "continually moving timeline", which led to three workers dangling from a collapsed crane jib on the roof of a high-rise building site, a court has found in fining the employer $390,000.
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The number of serious workplace falls and related prosecutions is reaching epidemic proportions and will force courts to increase penalty levels, a judge has warned in handing a PCBU a pre-discount fine of $240,000.
A company director who acquired section-27 duties after his business partner became ill has been convicted and fined over a forklift incident, after acknowledging his company failed to apply its safety practices for offsite projects to its own workplace.
A PCBU charged over a fatality has been acquitted, with a court finding it had successfully eliminated the relevant risks through administrative controls for "many years", and could not have foreseen that the killed worker would operate mobile plant in a hazardous no-go area.
A principal contractor and a subcontractor have been fined a total of nearly $300,000 after a worker was seriously injured, with a court ruling the former wasn't entitled to rely on the latter to implement agreed safety measures.
A supervisor directed a subcontractor to perform a task that resulted in the contractor breaching its own safe work method statement and seriously injured a worker, a judge has found. He ordered the supervisor's company to pay $145,000 in fines and costs over a risk it later eliminated with a $792 investment.
In convicting an individual for WHS breaches, a judge has reminded duty holders of an often-overlooked strategy for eliminating or minimising the risks associated with a task: not performing the task at all until all safety issues or breaches have been resolved.