A PCBU that supplied harnesses for height work, but unlawfully relied on a subcontractor to provide safety instructions and supervision to workers, has been convicted and fined after the subcontractor "tragically" failed to use the harnesses, resulting in a fatal fall.
In an unusual case, a PCBU has been convicted and fined for guarding and supervision breaches that did not result in a serious safety incident or injuries, with a court identifying post-traumatic stress disorder as one of the serious injury risks workers were exposed to.
Employers have been urged to boost their safety standards by maintaining a sense of "chronic unease", after a company and two individuals were convicted and fined over a young worker's death attributed to a workplace culture of complacency.
A workplace supervisor charged with failing to discharge his safety obligations, in relation to a fatality, has been refused Supreme Court orders restoring his certificate of competency and ability to remain employed.
A company and its director have been convicted and fined, and issued WHS project and training orders, over the electrocution of an unsupervised apprentice, in a unique case, while two employers and a director have been charged over a switchboard shock.
A PCBU has been handed a record WHS penalty, while a second PCBU has been fined heavily, after they failed to prohibit or halt impromptu modifications to "extremely powerful" plant, and a worker was crushed to death.
An employer has been convicted and fined $450,000 over a fatality, after a practice of leaving a worker alone to perform high-risk work "developed into a procedure in its own right" to allow his supervisor to complete residual tasks like paperwork.
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.