Browsing: Authority/inspectorate (NSW)

THU
4:12PM

Unlikely but fatal risk attracts $250k WHS fine

A PCBU that contended it had never witnessed or heard of the possibility of a sequence of events, which killed one of its workers on a National Broadband Network site, has been convicted and fined $250,000, after a judge agreed that "the likelihood of the risk occurring was low".

WED
1:06PM

Work-related cancer warning comes with project launch

Employers have been reminded of the carcinogenicity of welding fumes and their duty to keep on top of the latest health and safety developments, with a WHS regulator releasing details of a project examining fume exposure levels and control measures.

TUE
3:56PM

EU commitment includes AS/NZS ISO 45001 certification

A PCBU accused of fall-related breaches has committed to developing and certifying a safety management system against AS/NZS ISO 45001, under a $274,000 WHS undertaking in which much of the spend will go towards initiatives that mature safety organisations already have.

MON
3:55PM

Lower exposure threshold urged; Kneeling worker killed

Tighter workplace exposure thresholds and product bans are needed to curb Australia's growing silicosis rate, according to the ACTU. Meanwhile, workplaces are being urged to address parking locations in their safety plans, after a worker was killed by a light vehicle.

MON
2:27PM

New WHS laws target gig companies and workers

NSW's WHS regulations are being amended to mandate PPE and safety induction training for gig economy riders, but the State Government has been accused of shielding "Silicon Valley behemoths" and blaming workers for a string of fatalities.

TUE
2:35PM

Post-incident actions deemed admissible in WHS case

A judge has rejected a PCBU's claim that evidence on the changes it made to its systems of work after a forklift incident is not relevant to the WHS proceedings against it, and should be excluded.

MON
12:35PM

First WHS Code on psychosocial hazards commences

Australia's first WHS Code of Practice on eliminating and minimising psychosocial risks has taken effect in NSW, and will, according to the State Government, remove the "guesswork" from tackling the issue. NSW has also launched its work safety awards for 2021.

THU
2:32PM

Lessons from the confined-space deaths of two workers

A safety regulator has urged employers to review their operations to identify all "potential" confined spaces, and share a video produced in response to a double confined-space fatality, a record WHS fine and a court order.


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