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 PCBU has been convicted and fined after its work caused a building façade to collapse and materials, scaffolding and powerlines to fall on a major road, at a site where qualified supervisors were absent.
The Department of Defence has been convicted and fined $300,000 for breaching its WHS duties to provide a safe system of work and proper supervision to children involved in a cadet exercise. Meanwhile, a Victorian "social experiment" has found most young workers are willing to accept unsafe conditions or bullying to secure employment, highlighting the vulnerability of those under 25.
The adjustments an employer made for a worker recently diagnosed with diabetes have helped defeat his claim that he was unfairly dismissed and discriminated against because his performance suffered from the health condition.
A PCBU that sent a series of emails to a subcontractor urging it to accelerate works, and threatening it with financial consequences if it failed to do so, has been fined for exposing four site neighbours to the risk of death or serious injury.
The former public prosecutor awarded more than $430,000 in damages for PTSD and depression this week should have been monitored for psychological "red flags", and the failure to do so represented a missed opportunity for welfare checks and early intervention, court documents show.
Two companies and an engineer who allegedly failed to ensure a worksite was supervised in his absence have been charged over a fatal crane incident, while an employer has been fined $110,000 after a worker was nearly struck by a falling object - weighing two tonnes.
A superior court has ruled out a worker's difficult and demanding role and ongoing issues with a supervisor's management style as causes of her debilitating psychological injury, but upheld her appeal against an assault finding.