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First Industrial Manslaughter jailing brings compliance into sharp focus

A business owner has just been jailed for 18 months under Industrial Manslaughter laws for the first time in Queensland. The sentence was handed down following an incident back in July 2019, when a generator fell off forklift tines and crushed the business owner’s friend to death. Queensland and Victoria were the first States to[...]
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Is your workplace hazard identification process adequate?

A Company Director was convicted in December 2021 for failing to identify a hazard that led to a worker suffering “war zone” injuries after they came into contact with high voltage powerlines. Judge David Russell of the NSW District court said the hazard was there to be seen for some months, prior to handing down[...]
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Is Your Workplace Safety Training Up To Speed?

On December 8 WorkSafe launched proceedings for the death of a 55 year old  worker who sustained burns from an electrical arc flash and later died in hospital. WorkSafe Victoria has alleged that Energy Australia breached subsections 21 (1) and (2) relating to failure to provide information, instructions and training in accordance with operating manuals[...]
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Is Your COVIDSafe Plan Up To Date?

WorkSafe are actively prosecuting companies for COVID breaches. A Victorian accommodation provider has just been charged by WorkSafe for not having a COVIDSafe Plan in place. It was also alleged they breached the Act by not having a sign-in process for contractors entering the facility. This case has been listed for hearing in the Melbourne[...]
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Is Your Workplace Ready For Vaccination Monitoring?

Victorian Government is mandating vaccinations for workers Select workers (including contractors, volunteers and students on placement) will be required to show evidence of their vaccination to their employer by a certain date in order to continue working outside their home. This is a directive from the Victorian Government. Click here for more info. Tips for[...]
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Director sentenced for recklessly ignoring WHS complaint

Another company officer has been handed a prison sentence in Queensland, this time for recklessly disregarding a worker’s safety concerns in the minutes before a second worker slipped and sustained serious impalement injuries. Illawarra Enterprises (Qld) Pty Ltd director Michael Peter Walsh was sentenced to four months’ jail, wholly suspended for 12 months, in the[...]
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