A workplace "exclusion zone" was established in a way that "invited" rather than deterred access to the area, and contributed to a work experience student's life-changing injuries, a court has found in convicting and fining a PCBU.
Two workers who bullied new employees made it "very difficult" for them to gain experience and posed a risk to their safety and welfare, but their employer should not have sought to force the bullies to resign by ignoring their text messages, a commission has found.
WHS offences with long jail terms have a direct impact on decision makers and force them to turn their minds to the best available protections for workers, a union secretary says. But an industry representative has claimed that "penalties don't save lives".
A regulator has warned workplace leaders that they have a duty to "live and breathe" their anti-bullying policies, after securing its second reckless conduct conviction involving a life-threatening attack on an apprentice.
A PCBU that failed to comply with guidelines for mobile work platforms has been ordered to pay more than $500,000 in fines and reparations, after a worker was paralysed from the neck down, while a former professional rugby player has been convicted for pressuring an injured worker to lie to safety inspectors.
The first of four entities charged after a teenage worker died has been fined over a supervisor's failure to tackle non-conformance issues. Meanwhile, a major employer that failed to implement its documented unloading procedures has been fined after a delivery driver was run over by mobile plant - twice.
An employer that over-relied on verbally instructing workers on the dangers of a frequently used machine has been convicted and fined for WHS breaches, after a "vulnerable" worker's leg was severely injured.