Browsing: Jurisdiction (QLD)

TUE
2:13PM

Excessive high-production-related hazards not appropriately controlled or regulated

Workplace safety laws and safety-bonus schemes are likely to be overhauled, with an inquiry into a methane explosion, which seriously injured five workers, finding a major company's gas control measures couldn't cope with its high production levels, and should have been subjected to greater scrutiny from the regulator.

TUE
12:24PM

WHS notices on violence controls stayed by IRC

A major government employer has successfully stayed two WHS improvement notices aimed at its violence prevention processes, with a commission finding the notices could be overturned, and having to comply with them in the meantime would not be fair on the employer.

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.

WED
2:12PM

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.

THU
2:37PM

Worker loses landmark vaccination case in FWC

One of the first unfair dismissal cases involving a worker's refusal to have a flu vaccination has been decided in an employer's favour, with the Fair Work Commission finding the employer's pandemic-inspired mandatory vaccine policy is lawful and reasonable.

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.

MON
11:57AM

WHS audit undermines forced-resignation claims

The findings of an employer-initiated WHS inspection of its own workplace have helped defeat a worker's contention, before a commission, that the site was so unsafe he was forced to resign.

MON
3:56PM

WHS sanction imposed in Australian first

A company that was fined for WHS contraventions, on an incident-strewn infrastructure project, has been temporarily banned from tendering for Commonwealth-funded work, in a national first.


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