A senior worksite manager allowed his preconceptions of a union to "colour his attitude" when he breached the Fair Work Act, and showed disregard for WHS laws, by ripping up entry notices and telling officials they couldn't investigate serious safety issues until after a site meeting, the Federal Court has found.
The Fair Work Commission has advised an employer and a union to adopt a "new cooperative approach" to workplace safety concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic, after the former sought orders curtailing the union's entry rights in light of current health restrictions.
Not intervening when a co-worker is being bullied causes the non-intervener psychological distress and can lead to mental ill health, according to European researchers, who urge employers to encourage active "helping behaviour".
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.
An employer has introduced a new injury management database for identifying client sites that pose extra risks to workers, and introduced site-specific pre-employment medicals, among $782,000 worth of rectifications made after a serious incident.
The Fair Work Commission has denied anti-bullying orders to a worker claiming her supervisor unfairly assessed her performance and denied her work, causing her psych injury. The FWC found the worker "pushed back and resisted complying" with the supervisor's reasonable requests.
A supermarket giant's store allowed "budgetary considerations to prevail over safety considerations", and negligently caused a worker's manual handling injury by failing to provide enough staff to assist with heavy lifting tasks, a court has found.
A tribunal has upheld a worker's bid to obtain her supervisors' disciplinary records and details of any complaints made against them, to show if they had a "propensity" to bully subordinates to support her psychological injury claim.