In the latest of a growing number of reckless conduct cases, a company director and a worker could both be jailed for up to five years, after being charged over the death of a man within the "strike radius" of mobile plant.
A PCBU fined $400,000 over a fatality has unsuccessfully argued, in the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal, that a supervisor's unsafe conduct cannot be attributed to it under WHS laws because he deliberately disobeyed his instructions.
A PCBU and its director have been fined $150,000 and $15,000 respectively, after unsupervised apprentices were allocated a high-risk task, which injured one of them, when a qualified technician took sick leave.
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.
A PCBU that supplied harnesses for height work, but unlawfully relied on a subcontractor to provide safety instructions and supervision to workers, has been convicted and fined after the subcontractor "tragically" failed to use the harnesses, resulting in a fatal fall.
In an unusual case, a PCBU has been convicted and fined for guarding and supervision breaches that did not result in a serious safety incident or injuries, with a court identifying post-traumatic stress disorder as one of the serious injury risks workers were exposed to.
Employers have been urged to boost their safety standards by maintaining a sense of "chronic unease", after a company and two individuals were convicted and fined over a young worker's death attributed to a workplace culture of complacency.
A workplace supervisor charged with failing to discharge his safety obligations, in relation to a fatality, has been refused Supreme Court orders restoring his certificate of competency and ability to remain employed.
A company and its director have been convicted and fined, and issued WHS project and training orders, over the electrocution of an unsupervised apprentice, in a unique case, while two employers and a director have been charged over a switchboard shock.