James Hardie has been ordered to pay for expensive, advanced immunotherapy treatment for a mesothelioma sufferer, in a landmark case setting a "significant precedent" for future damages awards for workplace victims and others.
An employer that instructed workers on how to adjust the seat in their vehicles, but failed to warn them of the safety risks if it was not done properly, has been ordered to pay an injured worker more than $1 million in damages.
An employer previously fined over a workplace death has been found guilty of breaching its general health and safety duties in circumstances of gross negligence, in the first case of its kind in Western Australia.
An employer has been ordered to pay more than $230,000 in fines and costs, after a man working in inadequate lighting was killed by mobile equipment with unlabelled emergency shutdown and operation switches. Meanwhile, a regulator has issued a safety warning following the latest of a series of work-related quad bike deaths.
An appeals court has upheld and then increased a worker's $2 million damages award, in finding an employer should have tagged out or stored away defective equipment, which was so loud when it was accidentally activated that it seriously injured the startled worker.
A major employer's safety fine has been nearly quadrupled to $110,000, with an appeals court finding its culpability was increased rather than mitigated by the misconduct of a "rogue" supervisor, who seriously injured a non-employee.
A company and its director have been fined a total of $175,000 for dangerous goods offences uncovered by police investigating a burglary. Meanwhile, the ACTU has issued heat and smoke alerts and called for WHS laws that "deal with the reality of climate change".
A government employee who drove a heavy vehicle into a remand prisoner - a fatality that led to two workplace health and safety prosecutions - was directed to drive the vehicle despite raising concerns about his lack of experience or familiarity with the truck, an inquest has found.