Browsing: Equipment and plant

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
2:56PM

Safety system required injury-causing de-isolation

In a case highlighting the pitfalls of safety systems susceptible to human error, an employer has been convicted and fined $125,000 over an incident resulting, in part, from a worker's inability to hear a radio message.

MON
12:32PM

FWC bench blocks new process with remote WHS risks

A major employer has lost its latest bid to compel workers to undertake a new work procedure involving "incredibly" remote risks, in a case highlighting the onus on employers to show their processes can ensure safety "so far as is reasonably practicable".

FRI
10:37AM

Worker exposed to excessive vibrations awarded $1.5m

An employer has been ordered to pay nearly $1.5 million in damages to a worker with white finger syndrome, for allowing him to operate machinery with dangerous vibration levels for far more hours per shift than advised by engineers and safety guidelines.

THU
2:01PM

Premium rate and OHS Code for work facilities released

Victoria has announced its average workers' comp premium rate for 2021-22, set aside $550 million for injury support and prevention initiatives, and released a draft Compliance Code on the provision of safe workplace facilities, including toilets, lighting and amenities for employees without fixed worksites.

TUE
1:23PM

PCBU fined over seven years of recklessness

A PCBU has been fined $240,000 for its "reckless" approach to dust control over a period of nearly seven years, which appears to have resulted in at least four workers developing the deadly lung disease silicosis.

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.

MON
2:17PM

Man faces $1.2m WHS fine after amusement incident

An individual could be fined up to $1.2 million, after being charged with multiple WHS breaches relating to corroded critical components and an amusement ride incident that injured two passengers.


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