Employers could be forced to overhaul incentive structures that discourage safety reporting, while WHS laws could be amended to correct an "anomaly" in the labour-hire sector, an inquiry into a methane explosion and injuries has suggested.
Allowing an untrained labour-hire employee to operate a 23-year-old press without adequate guarding, has cost a manufacturing business $200,000 in fines and legal costs and resulted in it spending more than $500,000 on factory improvements.
Many employers use labour-hire workers believing this will reduce their safety obligations, but when a worker has more than one employer the safety responsibilities are shared, at all times, a senior management systems auditor has stressed.
An employer previously fined over a workplace death has been found guilty of breaching its general health and safety duties in circumstances of gross negligence, in the first case of its kind in Western Australia.
An employer unlawfully discriminated against an older worker in refusing to engage him for work in a hot environment, with its manager likening the proposed labour-hire arrangement to sending "your dad or granddad" into high-risk conditions, a court has found.
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