Employers have a high degree of responsibility to prevent foreseeable risks arising from criminal conduct by third parties, a court has highlighted in awarding nearly $300,000 in damages to a worker who developed psychological injuries after an attempted robbery.
A PCBU that made a half-hearted attempt to comply with three improvement notices has been prosecuted and fined $24,000. Meanwhile, workplace safety regulations for using equipment in non-explosive atmospheres have been simplified in Queensland.
One of the first workers to seek orders under Queensland's new anti-bullying jurisdiction has lost her appeal against a finding that she was not bullied at work, and wouldn't be in the foreseeable future.
A major PCBU that discussed a non-routine task at the higher levels of the company but failed to follow through with a risk assessment, and allowed workers to adopt ad hoc processes, has been fined $200,000 over a fatality.
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.