A PCBU that contended it had never witnessed or heard of the possibility of a sequence of events, which killed one of its workers on a National Broadband Network site, has been convicted and fined $250,000, after a judge agreed that "the likelihood of the risk occurring was low".
A PCBU and an officer have been convicted and fined for their inadequate safety systems, which failed to protect a worker from a falling truck load that had been packed poorly by another company. The worker sustained fatal injuries.
A PCBU that failed to address poorly marked and impeded pedestrian walkways, or implement the recommendations of a traffic management review, has been fined $450,000, after a delivery driver was dragged under a vehicle and died.
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 narrated video presentation tendered in the NSW District Court outlining a wide range of improvements to safety procedures has helped a PCBU reduce its WHS penalty, in relation to an 18-year-old employee passing out in a confined space.
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.
Two PCBUs and a director have been fined a total of $630,000, after their operation's "wholly deficient" chemical safety systems led to a worker using a vacuum to clean up flammable liquids, which exploded.