A union has been issued "low mid-range" fines, after two of its officials used foul language and made "racial" remarks about the "third world" over trip hazards at a messy worksite. A court rejected a regulator's bid for a high penalty, which relied on "generic" references to past industrial breaches.
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.
Businesses that breach workplace safety, workers' compensation, employment or environmental laws in any jurisdiction or overseas can now be blocked from supplying goods, services or works to Western Australian agencies, under Australia's "first debarment regime".
A site supervisor who failed to heed a manager's safety warning, or comply with a Code of Practice, has been fined over a worker's crush injuries, while two companies have been charged over an incident that endangered a passing motorist.
A global engineering giant's overhaul of its approach to mental health has empowered personnel around psychosocial risks in its activities, by embedding them into its critical risk framework, according to one of its directors.
A company that failed to provide a new employee with adequate PPE, or properly advise him on the flammable properties of a hazardous substance, has been handed a near-record workplace safety fine in Western Australia, after the young man suffered serious burns.