In a rare category-3 WHS case, a PCBU and its director have been convicted and fined after a balustrade at their site was removed by an unknown person, resulting in a worker sustaining serious fall injuries.
A worker was injured in an "accident waiting to happen", with his employer failing to enforce safe time limits for a task applying "injurious" stress to his body, and is entitled to more than $1.1 million in damages, a judge has found.
A PCBU contending it did not "permit" workers to carry out a task unsafely has been found guilty of WHS offences, after its failure to add a verbal safety instruction to a safe work method statement led to a fatality.
A commission has rejected a union's bid to block a BHP COVID-19 vaccine mandate pending a ruling on whether the company met its WHS consultation requirements. Meanwhile, the NSW Supreme Court has dismissed claims that vaccine orders for workers defy a United Nations covenant.
An employer has defeated a worker's claim that the injuries she sustained on a work road could only have occurred through an act of negligence by a colleague, for which the employer was vicariously liable.
The High Court has rejected a regulator's bid to appeal against a ruling allowing an injured worker to "combine" his impairments, and dismissed a PCBU's challenge of its $400,000 fatality fine and conviction.
In one of several prosecutions over an incident where a dozen people, including non-workers, were exposed to the risk of serious injury or death, a PCBU has been convicted and fined for allowing a highly hazardous task to be treated as a form of "entertainment".
A PCBU and a supervisor it engaged to act on its behalf have been fined heavily for permitting work to be performed at a site before crucial safety measures were in place - a failing that resulted in a teenager sustaining serious injuries in a fall.