A WHS regulator has accepted a second PCBU's second attempt to enter a safety undertaking in lieu of prosecution, despite the latest applicant's long history of compliance issues and statutory notices.
Employers have wellbeing-related duties to contractors and subcontractors and need to think outside the square and build relationships with those who might be suffering from poor mental health, a workplace mental wellness expert says.
Industry experts consulted for a major work safety project, which will inform an upcoming crane blitz, have called for a tiered licensing system, mandatory pre-deployment site visits and a more aggressive inspection and enforcement regime.
Three employers, including a repeat offender, have been convicted and fined a total of $245,000, after a worker was killed on a public street, and other workers were seriously injured by an unguarded machine and an act of violence.
A PCBU that failed to complete checklists required by a safe work method statement has been handed a low-range category-2 WHS fine, after mobile equipment tipped over on an incident-strewn infrastructure project that attracted unprecedented government scrutiny.
An employer that instructed workers on how to adjust the seat in their vehicles, but failed to warn them of the safety risks if it was not done properly, has been ordered to pay an injured worker more than $1 million in damages.