A PCBU and the man it relied on to prevent workers accessing unprotected edges have been convicted and fined a total of $165,000, plus $50,000 in costs, after a worker was severely injured in a four-metre fall.
An employer's travel survey of employees was a lawful and reasonable part of its efforts to control the risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and comply with its WHS duties, a commission has ruled in upholding the dismissal of a worker who refused to complete the survey.
An employer unlawfully discriminated against an older worker in refusing to engage him for work in a hot environment, with its manager likening the proposed labour-hire arrangement to sending "your dad or granddad" into high-risk conditions, a court has found.
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The common "safety first" philosophy of organisations is actually a "mediocre" pledge that can cause incidents and injuries by creating unnecessary business pressures and compelling workers to conceal safety issues, an organisational psychologist has warned.
A worker has unsuccessfully argued he should not have been dismissed for failing to follow his employer's safety procedures, which were updated after a fatality, because instructions he received from his supervisor showed it was safe to enter an exclusion zone.
Preventing a resurgence of COVID-19 transmissions, as economic activity picks up, hinges on the introduction of a "pandemic regulation" requiring employers to implement higher order WHS controls for the risks posed by the pandemic, an inquiry has heard.
Australia's COVID-19 transmission rate is currently low, but having an employee with viral symptoms attend work still poses a significant psychological risk to other workers, according to a leading occupational physician and past president of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Occupational Medicine.