Three employers have been fined a total of more than $300,000 for height and access breaches, including in one case that shows a simple slip can have a devastating impact on workers and expose duty holders to prosecution.
The Federal Court has refused to restrain the operation of a new WHS rule requiring workers to undergo face to face rather than online induction training, which was introduced with the aim of improving workplace safety and cracking down on fraud.
A WHS inspector impermissibly issued a prohibition notice with the aim of focusing a PCBU's attention on a risk instead of addressing a particular "activity", a commission has ruled in quashing the notice.
A PCBU's WHS fine has been increased by 25 per cent because of the greater need for general deterrence, after a customer was injured by its failure to follow an equipment manufacturer's specified inspection regime.
A major employer breached a WHS clause in failing to identify and block all hazardous areas of a machine that workers could access, either accidentally or deliberately, and has been fined over a fatality.