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.
An employer's amputation-related gross negligence conviction has been downgraded to a general safety duty charge, in a judgment examining the "actual knowledge" of the defendant and a finding of "wilful blindness".
One of four entities charged over the death of a 17-year-old worker, in a 12-metre fall, has been fined $320,000, after a court heard its fall-prevention strategy required personnel to disconnect their harnesses when moving from one high area to another.
A site supervisor who failed to heed a manager's safety warning, or comply with a Code of Practice, has been fined over a worker's crush injuries, while two companies have been charged over an incident that endangered a passing motorist.
A company that failed to provide a new employee with adequate PPE, or properly advise him on the flammable properties of a hazardous substance, has been handed a near-record workplace safety fine in Western Australia, after the young man suffered serious burns.
A major employer has been fined for failing to ensure three workers, who were required to walk dozens of kilometres in high temperatures, were trained to identify and control the risks associated with exposure to extreme conditions. One of the workers died.