A court has slammed a major PCBU's piecemeal actions and lack of urgency in addressing significant WHS issues and closing out recommendations from safety audits, in the lead up to the death of a volunteer worker.
An appeals court has quashed the convictions of an engineer and his company, finding that while their failure to undertake computer modelling for a project constituted a WHS breach, the intervening acts of other PCBUs meant their omission could not be considered a "substantial and significant" cause of the relevant risk.
Employers have been reminded that their duty to ensure the safety of their workers extends to "disobedient" staff, with a PCBU being fined over injuries sustained by a teenage trial worker who defied his supervisor's instructions. The supervisor was also charged over the incident, but acquitted.
In a rare category-3 WHS case, a PCBU and its director have been convicted and fined after a balustrade at their site was removed by an unknown person, resulting in a worker sustaining serious fall injuries.
A major employer has entered an enforceable undertaking, with an estimated spend of up to $750,000, after being accused of fitness-for-work breaches and other contraventions relating to the death of a truck driver, whose vehicle crashed through a barrier and plummeted 13 metres.