A Victorian employer has been sentenced to six months in prison and fined $10,000 (additional $7,336 in costs) for breaching section 24 and 32 of the Victorian OHS Act: Duties
More than a decade after James Hardie made headlines for failing to protect workers from asbestos material it knew would harm them, the company is back in court.
Following the Bureau of Meteorology’s latest annual climate statement, three-month forecast and the extended heat conditions over much of Australia, work safety authorities have issued special heat warnings to employers.
A court has found a host employer guilty of failing to meet its primary duty of care requirements and failure to comply with health and safety duty. The finding comes
An incident in 2013, in which an 18-year-old worker’s skull was pierced by a steel bar has resulted in the construction company in control of the site being fined $90,000.
An employee of a company previously convicted of a workplace fatality has been severely injured and the employer fined $300,000. In March of 2015, on a worksite operated by Ceerose
The NSW Court of Appeal has found that a company failed to protect its workers from the risk of falling objects, and is solely liable for a man’s permanent brain
NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton says that the jailing of a serial asbestos dumper “served as an important warning to those thinking of breaking the law”. It was the first
The importance of safety procedures when working at heights and on building sites has again been highlighted in a SafeWork case in NSW. In April of 2016, two men were
A worker suffered serious chemical burns because he didn’t understand his workplace’s hazardous spill procedure, in an incident from January of 2016. The accident has been determined as the fault
There have been renewed calls for a focus on safety limits on machinery on worksites after a crane operator who disregarded safety warnings seriously injuring another worker. In Karratha in
A Melbourne construction company has been fined $275,000 following the death of a painter who fell 3.46 metres through a stair void at a Mornington Peninsula building site. VCON Pty
A crane operator who disregarded safety warnings when he overloaded the machine he was using, seriously injuring another worker, has been fined $4,400. Robert Anthony Hoekzema was working on a
Almost 12,000 notices were handed out by SafeWork NSW across 1,000 site visits in a 12-month blitz on the construction industry. The crackdown was prompted by a significant rise in
NSW’s Work Health and Safety have unveiled bold new plans as part of its refreshed ‘roadmap’ to reduce work-related deaths by 30 per cent, and serious work injuries and illnesses
The Queensland State Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy revealed that it will reduce the regulated exposure limit for coal dust on 1 November 2018, contingent upon the decision
Online platforms such as AirTasker and Uber are the focus of a new Victorian Government inquiry into the application and enforcement of OHS, workers’ compensation and other workplace laws. The
The “action level” for workplace noise exposure and the benefits of hearing protective devices vary between individuals, while noise controls must mitigate the risk of exposure to ototoxic chemicals, according
Directors of companies should consider themselves put on notice, regardless of their day-to-day business involvement after a new decision was handed down from the NSW Industrial Court. The court found
The number of asbestos-related deaths in NSW will soon dwarf the annual road toll, Ombudsman Bruce Barbour has warned in calling for a State-wide asbestos-eradication plan. But a medical breakthrough
A PCBU had a WHS duty to instruct a second, larger company to alter its workplace layout before sending its workers there, a judge has found in convicting the PCBU.
A court has reiterated that employers owe a duty of care to workers known to engage in “skylarking”. The observation came after a PCBU worker was found guilty of WHS
The Victorian Trades Hall Council has created a safety standard stating that employers must not expose workers to respirable silica dust at or above 0.025 milligrams per cubic metre on
A Victorian company recently charged with asbestos-related OHS breaches, and its two directors, have been handed near-maximum environment protection penalties for illegally dumping the hazardous substance at a Cairnlea site