Browsing: Authority/inspectorate (WA)


Company fined $320k over flawed WHS measure, fatality

One of four entities charged over the death of a 17-year-old worker, in a 12-metre fall, has been fined $320,000, after a court heard its fall-prevention strategy required personnel to disconnect their harnesses when moving from one high area to another.


Employers' mental health duties; New FWC regime; more

  • Prevention duties highlighted on launch of mental health strategy;
  • Nearly $40m promised for underpaid injured workers;
  • FWC's stop-s-xual-harassment regime commences; and
  • WA releases another WHS guide, as SWA fixes HCIS errors.

Supervisor ignored Code and advice, fines reach $105k

A site supervisor who failed to heed a manager's safety warning, or comply with a Code of Practice, has been fined over a worker's crush injuries, while two companies have been charged over an incident that endangered a passing motorist.


Dept fined for violence breaches; WHS guides out; more

  • Department fined for violence-related safety breaches;
  • Three interpretive guidelines released for WA's WHS Act; and
  • Scrutiny warning issued ahead of industrial manslaughter session.

Company, manager fined $650k for burn-causing breaches

A company that failed to provide a new employee with adequate PPE, or properly advise him on the flammable properties of a hazardous substance, has been handed a near-record workplace safety fine in Western Australia, after the young man suffered serious burns.


Work death linked to dehydration attracts safety fine

A major employer has been fined for failing to ensure three workers, who were required to walk dozens of kilometres in high temperatures, were trained to identify and control the risks associated with exposure to extreme conditions. One of the workers died.


Vaccine claims explained, as safety projects win awards

Presumptive workers' comp protections for COVID-19 do not apply to vaccine injuries and such claims will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, a regulator has advised. Meanwhile, a recruitment company has won a major work safety award in Western Australia for empowering all personnel to report and resolve hazards.

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