Two workplace duty holders charged with recklessly endangering a client, who died, will be tried by a judge alone without a jury, following an appeals court decision aimed at reducing the backlog of criminal trials caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
A PCBU that supplied harnesses for height work, but unlawfully relied on a subcontractor to provide safety instructions and supervision to workers, has been convicted and fined after the subcontractor "tragically" failed to use the harnesses, resulting in a fatal fall.
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A worker who was observed driving a forklift dangerously in a shared car park, and then refused to cooperate with safety inspectors, has been convicted and fined for safety breaches. Meanwhile, regulators have issued warnings after a storage-racking fatality and on the increasing number of serious incidents on non-isolated machinery.