In fining a company director for WHS breaches, a tribunal has found she failed to ensure her business complied with its duty to refuel a burner in a safe manner. The tribunal also questioned the suitability of equipment where risk-control hinges on strict compliance with every safety step in a manual.
An "unprepared" company director has pleaded guilty to failing to exercise due diligence to ensure her company complied with its WHS duties, after a young worker was hospitalised with burns, while an asbestos assessor's licence has been suspended for issuing clearance certificates to sites littered with debris.
A tribunal full bench has quashed a finding that an injured worker's purported disciplinary issues and poor attendance record should not be taken into account when deciding whether to provide him with suitable employment.
A PCBU that exposed a visiting pest controller to the risk of death or serious injury from a fall through a trapdoor has been convicted and fined, in a long-running case that challenged the validity of all WHS prosecutions over a three-year period.
The employer of two supervisors who were convicted for recklessly attacking an apprentice, has been convicted and fined for failing to address bullying and harassment in its otherwise extensive WHS policies.
An inquest into two deaths has called for industry bodies to address the link between long hours and the high suicide rate in the veterinary profession, and highlighted the "uneducated" and "nonsensical" arguments against restricting access to a deadly workplace substance.