Browsing: Contractors

MON
1:47PM

PCBU, director fined after barrier mysteriously removed

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.

FRI
11:54AM

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.

WED
3:27PM

Incentives flagged for fatigue and distraction controls

Employers that voluntarily fit their vehicles with autonomous early braking systems and other safety technologies could be designated as preferred contractors for government work, under a recommendation from an inquest into a child's death in a road accident.

FRI
12:10PM

Principal overturns fall-arrest notice after fatality

A commission has revoked an improvement notice issued to a site's principal contractor, after a fatal fall, requiring it to review work systems installed by a specialist company.

THU
1:56PM

WHS notices upheld in ruling on contractual obligations

In upholding two WHS improvement notices, a commission has stressed that a PCBU cannot delegate its duties around workplace facilities to a subcontractor, and found that one of the PCBU's submissions was "unsupported by the laws of physics".

MON
1:05PM

PCBU fined over death, but recklessness charges dropped

A judge has discussed the interaction of the WHS duties of companies and the specialist skills of their subcontractors, in sentencing one of nine entities charged with serious safety offences, including manslaughter and reckless conduct, after a pedestrian worker was killed by a crane.

THU
1:05PM

Big injury damages bill upheld for negligent maintenance

An appeals court has upheld a multimillion-dollar damages ruling (with minor variations), confirming a contractor was vicariously liable for a technician's negligent act that caused four workers to sustain injuries in a jolting lift.

WED
3:49PM

New WHS Code released, fatality toll increases again

Safe Work Australia has published a new WHS Code of Practice, revealed, in its latest statistics report, that the nation's work-related fatality rate increased two years in a row, and informed gig employers of their workers' comp obligations.

MON
1:47PM

PCBU, supervisor failed to bar unsafe work, fined $413k

A PCBU and a supervisor it engaged to act on its behalf have been fined heavily for permitting work to be performed at a site before crucial safety measures were in place - a failing that resulted in a teenager sustaining serious injuries in a fall.

TUE
2:31PM

WHS case continues after rulings on conjunction, video

In an ongoing case involving a fatal fall, and an alleged failure to enforce a system requiring vehicles to be unloaded from the ground, a court has rejected a PCBU's claims that the prosecutor's repeated use of the conjunction "and/or" unfairly affected its defence.


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