A major employer with previous fatality-related convictions has been fined $160,000 for failing to take the non-burdensome steps required to prevent serious crush injuries. Meanwhile, Queensland has issued a fatality alert, and opened its WHS and return-to-work awards.
An employer has been ordered to withdraw a warning it issued to a worker for a safety breach, with a commission finding it condoned the prohibited behaviour through its supervisors allowing it to become normal practice.
Employers that ignore or delay their obligations to maintain electrical systems put workers' lives at risk and expose themselves to big safety fines, according to an electrical engineer, who identifies five crucial tests that can't be skipped.
A company director failed to exercise due diligence by failing to, among other things, ensure his company had a system to alert him of near misses, a court has found in convicting him and the company for WHS breaches.
A company secretary has been fined for the most serious OHS offence of reckless endangerment for forklift breaches, in one of several new cases showing regulators are willing to prosecute unsafe entities even where injuries haven't occurred.
SafeWork SA has accepted a $677,000 enforceable undertaking (EU) from one of two major employers charged with WHS offences, after a worker died from being trapped in a walk-in freezer at a police training facility.
A facilities management company was entitled to rely on an expert contractor to set up and service a building maintenance unit (BMU), but wasn't entitled to rely on it to push for a mandatory major inspection of the BMU, which could have prevented a serious safety incident, a court has ruled.
A major employer's "significant efforts" to comply with its WHS obligations were undermined by a manager giving a worker unsafe instructions, which led to him suffering third-degree burns, a court has found in convicting the employer.
A judge has upheld a $9,000 fine in the first (and "somewhat curious") prosecution involving the WHS duty to "consult workers". He also disagreed with a landmark finding that Queensland's WHS fines should be consistent with those in the other harmonised jurisdictions.