Browsing: Fatalities


Defibrillators installed in 100 work vehicles; and more

  • Defibrillators installed in 100 work vehicles, Tas updates COVID WHS tips;
  • Site controller charged over customer's car wash death; and
  • Entire supply chain targeted in vehicle safety campaign.

Employer's heart program played causal role in death

A major employer that sent an executive to a "well-intentioned" but unnecessary and not risk-assessed workplace health check "causally contributed" to her death, a coroner has found.


New workplace COVID vaccine rules; Lightning death; more

  • COVID vaccines mandated for multiple Qld sectors, visiting workers;
  • Lightning-related WHS duties outlined after fatality; and
  • WHS activities affected by COVID: major SWA report.

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.


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.


Employer enters another EU after another fatality

A major employer has entered an enforceable undertaking, with an estimated spend of up to $750,000, after being accused of fitness-for-work breaches and other contraventions relating to the death of a truck driver, whose vehicle crashed through a barrier and plummeted 13 metres.


Breach of OHS duty to resident attracts $220k fine

An employer has been convicted and fined $220,000 for "serious" departures from its legal duty to non-workers, in the lead up to the suicide death of a youth in its care.


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.


Utilise fatality data: SWA; Fines excluded from code; more

  • Utilise injury-causing data to prevent fatalities, says SWA;
  • Fines excluded from SA's anti-harassment and bullying code; and
  • Beware hazardous aftermarket modifications.

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