Browsing: Workplace safety court and tribunal decisions

FRI
3:54PM

Duty holders fined over falling objects and explosion

A company that failed to implement a proper inspection regime for the overhead cranes in a building it leased to a business has been fined for WHS breaches, after debris fell from one of the cranes and struck a worker. Another company has been fined for a string of safety and dangerous goods breaches identified by an investigation into a worker's serious burns.

WED
3:57PM

Bench upholds ruling on "negligible" WHS breach, swearing

The dismissal of a long-serving worker was unfair and disproportionate to his misconduct, a Fair Work Commission full bench has found, upholding a ruling that his breach of a safety protocol created a "negligible" risk.

WED
1:29PM

PCBU sentenced over death, deserved $300k-plus fine

A manufacturing company that used its own personnel to perform a high-risk maintenance task, without obtaining appropriate safety equipment or expert help, has been convicted and fined $100,000 over the death of a worker in a 6.5-metre fall.

MON
3:52PM

Duty holders fined over safety imbalance and violence

A government department and a charity, which discouraged workers from seeking refuge in an office in violent situations, have been fined for workplace safety breaches after multiple workers were assaulted by a violent child. Both parties admitted the balance of care was "tilted too much in favour of the [child's] welfare".

WED
3:56PM

PCBU fined heavily after failed undertaking bid

A PCBU that unsuccessfully attempted to enter a WHS undertaking, to avoid prosecution over a worker's severe foot injuries, has been convicted and fined $300,000, with a judge finding its attempt to install and commission a machine in an ad hoc manner was "inviting trouble".

TUE
3:20PM

Post-incident upgrades don't save PCBU from conviction

A PCBU has been convicted of WHS contraventions resulting in an employee's arm becoming entrapped in an unguarded conveyer belt roller, with a tribunal rejecting its claim that no conviction should be recorded because of the remedial measures it implemented after the incident.

TUE
2:23PM

Routine work task linked to multiple fatalities, injuries

With the seemingly low-risk task of mowing grass causing multiple workplace fatalities in Australia, a coronial inquiry into one of the deaths has called for ride-on mowers to be fitted with gradient alarms, and for a safety regulator to publicise the rollover risk of the machines.


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