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Fatal risk discussed but not addressed, fine quadrupled

Workplace safety, Jurisdiction, Legislation, regulation and caselaw, Issue/challenge/risk
A PCBU's WHS fine over a worker's death in a fall has been increased four-fold to $300,000, with an appeals court finding the fatal risk would have been obvious from a single "glance" at the relevant work area, and the PCBU's safety personnel failed to take steps to reduce the risk despite discussing it in meetings.



Leaders told to learn from workplace bullying convictions

Workplace safety, Jurisdiction, Legislation, regulation and caselaw, Issue/challenge/risk, Research and reports
A safety regulator has urged workplace leaders to learn from the first successful prosecution, under the harmonised WHS laws, of an individual for workplace bullying, and revealed it received more than 1,300 calls on psychological risks and bullying in 2019-20. Another regulator says it is targeting unhygienic toilets in a blitz.


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