A principal contractor that failed to act on a union's height-safety warning has been fined $450,000 after a worker was killed, with a court lambasting its director for failing to take personal steps to protect workers.
An employer that could have prevented a fatality by using more appropriate machinery for a high-risk task has been fined $650,000. Meanwhile, an individual has been fined for failing to prepare a health and safety coordination plan, which contributed to a three-metre fall.
A multi-state PCBU has committed nearly $1 million to creating a steering committee to oversee safety at a national level and other undertakings, after a falling concrete beam nearly caused a scaffold collapse on a major construction site. Meanwhile, another employer has committed $387,000 to developing safety resources for workers with limited English after an employee was seriously injured.
An employer that relied on verbal height safety instructions instead of waiting for edge protection to be installed has been fined $120,000, plus $21,500 in costs, after a worker sustained serious injuries in a 3.6-metre fall.
A judge who jailed a company director for a category 1 WHS breach failed to direct the jury to consider whether the man had a "reasonable excuse" for not installing a safety rail, an appeals court has ruled. In another case, a director has been jailed over a young worker's death.