Yesterday's sentencing of South Australia Police (SAPOL) over the death of an employee in a freezer has provided crucial WHS lessons for PCBUs with workers who work alone. Meanwhile, the State Government has flagged laws to protect the health of emergency workers from "disgusting behaviour".
An employer has been ordered to withdraw a warning it issued to a worker for a safety breach, with a commission finding it condoned the prohibited behaviour through its supervisors allowing it to become normal practice.
A supervisor has become the second entity to be convicted and fined over a FIFO worker's drowning, after he pleaded guilty to failing to follow his employer's safety manual or provide safe access to the workplace.
A worker who claimed his supervisor's flatulence constituted assault that contributed to his injuries has lost his second bid for $1.8 million in damages, with an appeals court finding, among other things, that his former employer's purported lack of OHS and HR policies was irrelevant.
Workers should never under any circumstances be put in a position where they are the "first line of defence" against approaching vehicles, a coronial inquest into the death of a traffic controller has warned.
The Fair Work Commission has expressed concern over a supermarket giant's oversight of inappropriate conduct in its stores, in an unfair dismissal case involving a worker who s-xually harassed a number of young co-workers.