Browsing: Work at heights

TUE
3:56PM

EU commitment includes AS/NZS ISO 45001 certification

A PCBU accused of fall-related breaches has committed to developing and certifying a safety management system against AS/NZS ISO 45001, under a $274,000 WHS undertaking in which much of the spend will go towards initiatives that mature safety organisations already have.

THU
11:53AM

PCBU, officer failed to control risk created by third party

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.

TUE
3:49PM

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.

MON
11:57AM

WHS audit undermines forced-resignation claims

The findings of an employer-initiated WHS inspection of its own workplace have helped defeat a worker's contention, before a commission, that the site was so unsafe he was forced to resign.

WED
2:03PM

Fatality fine upheld in ruling on imputed WHS conduct

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.

TUE
3:19PM

Are key SWMS messages getting through to workers?

In a $586,000 WHS undertaking, a PCBU has launched a research study into effectively communicating the key "high-risk messages" in safe work method statements, following an incident resulting from SWMS-compliance failures on the first working day of the year in 2018.

MON
12:08PM

Young worker ignored in one of many powerline incidents

In a film produced for toolbox talks and pre-shift meetings, a young worker has explained how his boss disregarded his safety concerns in the moments before they were nearly killed by a powerline. The boss was later fined for safety breaches. Some 1,500km away, regulators have issued warnings after a spate of work-related powerline incidents, including a fatality.

MON
1:17PM

New safety standard tackles fatality hazard; and more

  • New standard tackles "one of the deadliest" workplace hazards;
  • WHS warnings follow carbon monoxide and vehicle incidents; and
  • Union issues cease-work advice for Sydney smoke and particles.

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