Browsing: WHS decisions (WA)


Director jailed for allowing fatal gross negligence

A company director charged over a fatal fall has been sentenced to the longest term of imprisonment ever imposed for a work health and safety offence in Australia, while his Western Australian company has received a State record high fine of $605,000.


SWMS missing and irrelevant to fatal task

An employer with a "useless" safe work method statement has been fined for five workplace safety breaches, after a young worker was killed by an unsecured concrete panel.


Forklift speeding and isolation breach lead to safety fines

A worker who was observed driving a forklift dangerously in a shared car park, and then refused to cooperate with safety inspectors, has been convicted and fined for safety breaches. Meanwhile, regulators have issued warnings after a storage-racking fatality and on the increasing number of serious incidents on non-isolated machinery.


"Obvious" vehicle risks cost duty holders $500k

The Department of Defence has been fined $350,000 for failing to implement simple safety measures that could have prevented a worker's leg amputation, while a company has been fined $150,000 after a work vehicle with incorrect load-capacity signage crashed.


Scope of safety duty to subcontractors clarified by judge

A court has examined the scope of a principal contractor's safety duties to the employees of subcontractors, in rejecting an injured worker's claim that the principal should have prevented his employer from requiring him to work in cramped spaces.


New workplace diesel threshold; Chemical Bills; and more

  • New diesel threshold takes immediate effect in WA;
  • Federal Bill creates new framework for chemical risk controls;
  • Change management process missing at time of tank rupture; and
  • Safety inspectors rebuild failed structure for fatality probe.

Employer fined $150k; High WHS fines pass Parl; more

  • Site-specific induction overlooked before powerlines incident;
  • High WHS fines for mines pass Tas Parliament; and
  • SWA urges duty holders to eliminate common fatality risk.

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