A PCBU and its director have been fined a total of $385,000, and handed training orders, after a worker was killed by an unsecured hose, with a court finding the director failed to ensure his company had the necessary resources to comply with WHS laws.
A Federal Circuit Court case has re-highlighted the significant safety issue of new products containing asbestos being imported and used in Australian workplaces, potentially exposing workers to the deadly substance in their day-to-day tasks.
Keeping communications upbeat, holding virtual team meetings and reminding workers their EAPs are there if they need them, are key strategies for overcoming the harmful social isolation workers could experience working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, a safety and injury management expert says.
An employer that negligently failed to identify and remove a slip hazard, which injured a labour-hire apprentice, is entitled to recover the $614,000 damages bill from its public liability insurer, an appeals court has ruled.
A PCBU that failed to audit its isolation procedures has been fined after a maintenance worker sustained permanent crush injuries requiring full-time care, while a regulator has called for contractors to follow the advice of engineers, in light of a recent prosecution.
The coronial inquest into the Dreamworld disaster, which killed four patrons, has provided an enlightening albeit disturbing guide on how not to run a workplace safety department, with the theme park's numerous failings including its reliance on "frighteningly unsophisticated" safety systems and unqualified staff, and the absence of holistic risk assessments across 30 years.
An employer that mixed large quantities of incompatible chemicals, despite workers' safety concerns, has been convicted and fined after a number of workers and neighbouring businesses were exposed to toxic fumes.