An employer with a long history of safety contraventions has been fined for opting to implement its preferred height safety measures, at a site where a backpacker worker was killed in a fall, instead of the measures prescribed by law.
Highlighting the flaws in an expert report on job rotation, obtained by an injured worker, has helped two employers successfully challenge a ruling that they breached their duty of care to the worker by requiring her to perform repetitive tasks.
A principal contractor has been found guilty of WHS breaches resulting in the death of a worker crushed by an unrestrained object, after unsuccessfully arguing the obligation to maintain safety in the relevant work area fell to a specialist subcontractor.
A host employer's failure to amend a safe working procedure featuring outdated and unsafe PPE requirements contributed to a labour-hire worker suffering serious entanglement injuries, a court has found.
A tribunal has rejected a claim that the permanent impairments in a worker's knees, caused by four months of repetitive ladder climbing and crouching, can't be combined under controversial laws because one knee injury "commenced" two years earlier.
An employer has introduced a new injury management database for identifying client sites that pose extra risks to workers, and introduced site-specific pre-employment medicals, among $782,000 worth of rectifications made after a serious incident.
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.