Two major PCBUs have been fined $375,000 each, plus a total of $90,000 in prosecution costs, after their failures to meet their own safety-in-design requirements caused pipework to fail and kill a worker.
The operator of the Dreamworld theme park has been handed an Australian record-high workplace health and safety fine of $3.6 million, after its "frighteningly unsophisticated" safety systems resulted in the deaths of four patrons in October 2016.
A PCBU's WHS breaches, which led to the hydrogen sulphide deaths of two workers and put a third in mortal peril, were in the high range of culpability and warranted a near maximum pre-discount penalty, a judge has ruled.
A workplace supervisor has been fined for unlawfully certifying a young worker as competent to operate machinery just weeks before the worker was killed. Meanwhile, a company and its director have been re-sentenced after successfully challenging a $1.2 million fatality penalty.
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.
Four employers have been fined a total of $160,000 for safety breaches, after a worker was pinned under a 500kg machine that wasn't bolted down, a non-worker wandered onto a site with missing fencing, and other incidents.
Work tasks causing whole-body vibrations should be addressed in risk assessments for pregnant workers, researchers have warned in an "alarming" study. Meanwhile, another study has found work stress makes employees vulnerable to a range of infections.