Browsing: Work at heights

THU
3:39PM

Court clarifies safety duties to experienced workers

Employers are not required by workplace health and safety laws to "hold the hand" of experienced workers, but must take steps to ensure they have the skills to spot risks and select safe work methods, a court has found in upholding a worker's damages claim.

MON
1:47PM

PCBU, director fined after barrier mysteriously removed

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.

FRI
11:54AM

Company fined $320k over flawed WHS measure, fatality

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.

FRI
12:10PM

Principal overturns fall-arrest notice after fatality

A commission has revoked an improvement notice issued to a site's principal contractor, after a fatal fall, requiring it to review work systems installed by a specialist company.

THU
3:55PM

Utilise fatality data: SWA; Fines excluded from code; more

  • Utilise injury-causing data to prevent fatalities, says SWA;
  • Fines excluded from SA's anti-harassment and bullying code; and
  • Beware hazardous aftermarket modifications.
MON
12:10PM

WHS duties breached through borrowed equipment

In a rare move, a magistrate has published her reasons for sentencing a PCBU - for failing to ensure borrowed equipment satisfied WHS requirements - to assist future prosecutions.

TUE
11:56AM

Employers told to tackle all hazards, not just COVID-19, and to eliminate forklifts

As more workplaces reopen under easing COVID-19 restrictions, employers have been warned to proactively tackle all hazards, and reminded of "mangle", shock" and "sever" risks. Meanwhile, a regulator has urged employers to get rid of their forklifts, where reasonably practicable, following two recent fatalities.

MON
1:47PM

PCBU, supervisor failed to bar unsafe work, fined $413k

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.


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