Browsing: Holiday workers


Employer not liable for drunk co-worker's act in unit

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.


Repeat offender's preferred safety process unlawful

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.


Entities fined over heat death and after notice ignored

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.


Cost-free controls would have prevented German's injury

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.


Safety overhaul flagged after PCBU's claims upheld

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.


PCBU takes on new safety laws, allegedly saves $2.6m

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.


Breaches expose boy, nurses to fatal risks and violence

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.


WHS fine directed to ICAC recommendations; and more

  • Impending WHS fine to fund ICAC recommendations;
  • PCBU relied on lower order control before death; and
  • Add OHS Alert to your "safe senders" list.

WHS Code changes; New dangerous goods Regs; and more

  • WHS Code changes expand enforcement options in Qld;
  • Proposed dangerous goods Regulations could cut costs in Vic;
  • Fatality points regulator to alleged underpayments; and
  • SWA releases priority industry "snapshots".

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