Browsing: Workplace safety court and tribunal decisions


Qantas's frustration over safety reports wasn't bullying

A worker's superiors' "hostility" towards his raising of safety concerns did not amount to bullying, a commission has found in rejecting his bid for stop-bullying orders requiring his employer to fully investigate his defect reports.


Bullying texts and calls breached workplace safety Act

A company that did not have a process to help workers raise concerns over inappropriate behaviour has been fined for safety offences, after its director bullied an injured worker through aggressive text messages and an unannounced visit to her home. In another case, a director has been fined for reversing a forklift into one of his employees.


Employer fined for failing to enforce mask rules

An employer has been convicted and fined for breaching WHS laws in failing to enforce its mask requirements, resulting in a worker being poisoned with a hazardous substance.


Anti-harassment bid dismissed in FWC first

A "worker" has been refused orders to stop bullying and harassment, allegedly perpetrated by two "bad men", in what appears to be the Fair Work Commission's first judgment under its new anti-s-xual-harassment regime.


WA companies fined $456k over fatality, entanglement injury

A WA company has been fined $256,000, after a worker died from head injuries incurred while using the incorrect tool for a task. Meanwhile, another employer's risk assessment failures have led to a $200,000 fine, after a worker's arm was amputated in a machine entanglement.


Director convicted over safety process failures

A company director who failed to verify that his business allocated adequate resources for managing safety has become the second entity to be convicted after a worker suffered "war zone" injuries from an electric shock.


Second reckless conduct case finalised in NSW

A PCBU has become the second entity to be convicted of a category-1 breach of the NSW WHS Act, after it recklessly allowed a number of "spectators" inside an exclusion zone to watch blasting work.

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