An employer has been found guilty of safety breaches and fined $400,000 over the death of a lone worker, for failing to provide a two-person rule and "another set of eyes" to warn of dangers and help in emergencies.
Labour-hire companies can face sanctions for forcing workers or job applicants to pay for mandatory personal protective equipment, while hosts can be held liable as accessories to certain breaches, a regulator has warned.
An engineering company that failed to properly supervise the decommissioning work it was engaged to oversee has been fined $300,000 over a death in a shipping container. Another company has been fined heavily for providing workers with woeful advice on respirators, and exposing them to hazardous substances.
The new notification rules introduced in Victoria require employers to report incidents involving "serious" rather than "immediate" health and safety risks, in a change that captures "near misses" and better aligns the provisions with those in the national model WHS Act, tabled documents have shown.
Employers will be required to report safety "near misses" and incidents involving infectious diseases to a workplace safety regulator, under new Victorian laws that also increase the benefits available to workers with silicosis and similar conditions.
A government department has been fined $200,000 for workplace safety breaches, after a seven-year-old student sustained fatal injuries on a substandard ramp. Meanwhile, PCBUs have been reminded of licensing rules, after a crane overturned.
Co-designing tasks and processes with employees is key to removing complexity from their jobs, reducing their stress and helping them stay mentally healthy in the lead up to Christmas and other peak periods, a logistics safety webinar has heard.