Employers have been warned there are no excuses for allowing workers to risk their safety by clearing machinery that is not switched off, after a company was convicted over a young worker's injuries. Meanwhile, the employer of a worker killed by a runaway vehicle could be fined up to $9 million, after being charged with WHS offences.
A major employer in the health sector is implementing a "kiosk system" with status alerts to monitor contractors and safety performance, as part of a WHS undertaking relating to the death of a newborn baby and severe injuries sustained by another.
A major employer has responded to a serious maintenance incident by eliminating a manual handling task, and pumping more than $300,000 into the development of a new fall arrest system that it will distribute to other companies in its industry.
A second PCBU has entered into a WHS undertaking after a worker caught on fire at a site's refuelling facility, taking the total undertaking and rectification spend by the two companies to more than $2.5 million.
The NSW Government has confirmed it is considering amending the State WHS Act to make it "stronger" and easier to prosecute offences, while regulators have issued alerts with prevention strategies after a series of workplace fatalities and other incidents.