Browsing: Jurisdiction (WA)


"Racial" comments on messy workplace attract low fine

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.


Company fined $320k over flawed WHS measure, fatality

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.


Employers' mental health duties; New FWC regime; more

  • Prevention duties highlighted on launch of mental health strategy;
  • Nearly $40m promised for underpaid injured workers;
  • FWC's stop-s-xual-harassment regime commences; and
  • WA releases another WHS guide, as SWA fixes HCIS errors.

New debarment regime targets safety and IR breaches

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".


Supervisor ignored Code and advice, fines reach $105k

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.


Dept fined for violence breaches; WHS guides out; more

  • Department fined for violence-related safety breaches;
  • Three interpretive guidelines released for WA's WHS Act; and
  • Scrutiny warning issued ahead of industrial manslaughter session.

Workers given "no-go" powers in wellbeing "evolution"

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.


Company, manager fined $650k for burn-causing breaches

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.

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