A PCBU that sent a series of emails to a subcontractor urging it to accelerate works, and threatening it with financial consequences if it failed to do so, has been fined for exposing four site neighbours to the risk of death or serious injury.
A manager who resigned after being accused of breaching mobile plant safety rules was not forced to quit, a commission has found, stressing that initiating the show cause process was the legitimate action of an employer complying with its WHS obligations.
The coronial inquest into the Dreamworld disaster, which killed four patrons, has provided an enlightening albeit disturbing guide on how not to run a workplace safety department, with the theme park's numerous failings including its reliance on "frighteningly unsophisticated" safety systems and unqualified staff, and the absence of holistic risk assessments across 30 years.
A lack of consultation and the absence of pressing safety needs have blocked a national transport company's decision to change its blood alcohol limit for certain drivers from the same as general law to zero.
An employer that mixed large quantities of incompatible chemicals, despite workers' safety concerns, has been convicted and fined after a number of workers and neighbouring businesses were exposed to toxic fumes.
In a brace of tragic coincidences this week, the death of two train workers in a derailment came just a day after a regulator released its findings on the death of a rail worker distracted by his mobile phone, while a worker was killed in a shipping container incident after an employer was fined heavily over a similar fatality.