The operator of the Dreamworld theme park has been handed an Australian record-high workplace health and safety fine of $3.6 million, after its "frighteningly unsophisticated" safety systems resulted in the deaths of four patrons in October 2016.
A workplace supervisor has been fined for unlawfully certifying a young worker as competent to operate machinery just weeks before the worker was killed. Meanwhile, a company and its director have been re-sentenced after successfully challenging a $1.2 million fatality penalty.
A PCBU that failed to properly train personnel on the use of heat sources around hazardous materials has been convicted and fined $800,000 for reckless conduct, after a worker was engulfed by flames and died.
A PCBU has committed to creating a WHS management role and other initiatives, after a first-year apprentice fell nearly four metres through a void. Meanwhile, a regulator has issued a warning to rogue electrical operators, highlighting a recent court injunction and a $100,000 fine.
Employers have a WHS obligation to allow workers access to toilet and drinking facilities and cannot restrict such access to scheduled breaks, the Federal Court has confirmed in finding a major employer misled young workers on this issue in a Facebook post.