Browsing: Labour hire workers


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.


New WHS laws target gig companies and workers

NSW's WHS regulations are being amended to mandate PPE and safety induction training for gig economy riders, but the State Government has been accused of shielding "Silicon Valley behemoths" and blaming workers for a string of fatalities.


Industrial death principles; Legislative changes; and more

  • Endorsed industrial death principles released by SWA;
  • Dangerous goods and environmental duties amended in Vic; and
  • Labour-hire scheme with WHS clauses starts in ACT tomorrow.

WHS fines top $320k in latest multi-prosecution case

A PCBU that endangered "other persons" by allowing an unqualified worker to perform high-risk crane work has been convicted and fined $170,000, in the latest of a series of cases involving the prosecution of multiple duty holders.


Two employers fined over safety consultation flaws

A labour-hire company and a host employer have both been fined for safety failures relating to unguarded plant, with a court outlining the measures the former could have taken to prevent an injury and prosecution.


Big fatality fine takes WHS penalties to nearly $1m

A PCBU that failed to issue safety directions to a subcontractor has been fined $500,000 over the death of a labour-hire worker, bringing the total penalties for the incident to nearly $1 million.


WHS spends reach $1.5m after two serious incidents

A PCBU has committed to completely digitising its permit-to-work system to strengthen its effectiveness as a critical control for non-standard work, while a second PCBU will audit its mobile plant and traffic management plans across multiple sites, in response two serious safety incidents.


WHS breaches trigger explosion, specific SOP needed

A major employer has been handed a pre-discount WHS penalty of $900,000, after a worker and a customer were engulfed in flames. The relevant Elgas Ltd safety instructions for personnel were inadequate because they were "scattered" throughout dozens of documents, a court found.


Punch on public street was work-related and sackable

A commission has rejected a worker's claim she should not have been dismissed for punching a colleague in the face, shortly after her shift ended, because they were close friends discussing personal matters at the time of the altercation.


Labour providers, host fined $310k; Offence filmed; more

  • Companies and directors fined $310k for labour-hire breaches;
  • Workers not informed of occupational violence risks; and
  • Workplace safety breach filmed by neighbour.

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