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.
A major employer did not need to seek an exemption to anti-discrimination laws to reject a worker with colour vision deficiency's application for a more senior and more safety critical role, a commission has ruled.
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.
The Queensland Government has failed in its appeal against a judgment that purportedly saved a PCBU more than $2.6 million in electrical safety compliance costs, but will look to major legislative changes to address its safety concerns.
A regulator is reminding businesses to contact energy companies before undertaking work near powerlines, after an employer was fined $250,000 for safety breaches that led to a worker suffering an electric shock.