An investigation report on a vehicle collision at a workplace, whose operator was recently charged over another collision that seriously injured a labour-hire worker, has called for employers to establish segregated roadways and apply engineering controls.
Workplace social structures and worksite "champions" can be leveraged to protect transient or temporary staff like contract or labour-hire workers, who are more vulnerable to health and safety hazards than permanent workers, researchers say.
A second PCBU has been fined after roof infrastructure damaged by workers went unreported and pierced another worker's head, bringing the total penalty imposed on two related entities over the incident to $316,000.
In an unusual case, a worker has been denied workers' compensation after a tribunal found his injury probably resulted from serious and wilful misconduct, with his employer asserting he cut his own finger to get out of a jail sentence.
An employer has been fined $650,000 after a worker died in a 12-metre fall from a platform that was completely unsuitable for purpose, making the fall almost inevitable. Meanwhile, a head contractor has entered a $175,000 safety undertaking after a worker was impaled on an obviously hazardous bar.
Three employers including a repeat offender have been charged with safety breaches, after the deaths of a confined space worker and a backpacker. The latest development in the backpacker's case coincides with two Federal Court rulings on the employment status of workers at the site where she was killed.
A PCBU and its director have escaped prosecution for fatality-related category 2 WHS breaches because of "evidentiary issues", but have been convicted and fined for failing to cooperate with the investigation into the death.