An employer is not liable for a worker being urinated on by an intoxicated colleague, but companies do have a safety duty to protect personnel from "unpleasant" interactions in accommodation facilities, a superior court has found.
An employer with a long history of safety contraventions has been fined for opting to implement its preferred height safety measures, at a site where a backpacker worker was killed in a fall, instead of the measures prescribed by law.
A business operator who failed to instruct workers on how to self-manage their work capacity in hot conditions has been fined over the heat stress death of a backpacker employee. Meanwhile, a company and one of its directors have been fined for failing to comply with or display a forklift-related prohibition notice.
An employer that over-relied on verbally instructing workers on the dangers of a frequently used machine has been convicted and fined for WHS breaches, after a "vulnerable" worker's leg was severely injured.
The Queensland Government has failed in its appeal against a judgment that purportedly saved a PCBU more than $2.6 million in electrical safety compliance costs, but will look to major legislative changes to address its safety concerns.
A PCBU has successfully challenged the validity of new work safety regulations and purportedly saved itself $2.6 million in compliance costs, but the Queensland Government is lodging an appeal and seeking to stay the ruling.
Two PCBUs and a director have been fined a total of nearly $500,000 after an unsupervised 14-year-old holiday worker was killed, while an employer has been fined over a violent attack on a worker, after a union officially requested the safety prosecution.