A major logistics employer should have been more transparent with a group of shift managers who expressed safety concerns when they were asked to step into stevedoring roles during an industrial dispute, a full bench of the Fair Work Commission has found in upholding the reinstatement of all six managers.
The jailing of a business owner for industrial manslaughter, the commencement of a mirror WHS Act, legislative changes across most jurisdictions, and a host of judgments on work-related COVID matters, are just some of the issues covered by OHS Alert's first major review report of the year.
A judge has revealed her reasons for imposing a high-level penalty on an employer when she re-sentenced it after quashing its gross negligence conviction. She rejected the company's claim it had believed certain labour-hire workers provided to its site were well trained and fully inducted in safety issues.
An employer that overturned its gross negligence conviction, relating to a labour-hire worker's full-arm amputation in an unguarded pinch point of a machine, has been fined $230,000 under amended charges.
A company has been fined after a workplace health and safety inspector observed two of its apprentices performing electrical work on their own. Meanwhile, Western Australia's average workers' comp premium rate has been increased for the second year in a row.
A company's safe system for managing space and work clashes between different trades on a major project has helped block a $770,000 injury damages bid, made by a "keen" worker who took it upon himself to remove materials installed by other contractors.