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Company vicariously liable for injury resulting from skylarking supervisor

All in good fun

Enjoying the company of your colleagues is something most people hope to find in the workplace. It can make work much more enjoyable and lead to lasting friendships. However, fun in the workplace can cross a line when it takes the form of dangerous skylarking or roughhousing.

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Brisbane company first to be convicted of industrial manslaughter

Brisbane company first to be convicted of industrial manslaughter

Workplace fatalities are tragic and devastating events. In order to reflect the seriousness of these incidents, some jurisdictions across Australia have amended their work health and safety laws to establish the offence of industrial manslaughter, where the negligent conduct by a person conducting a business or undertaking or officers causes the death of a worker.

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Employer fined for failing to effectively enforce safe systems

Safety Is Not A "Sometimes Thing"

The NSW District Court has convicted and fined a KFC franchisee after a young worker sustained third degree burns when his foot slipped into hot oil while he was cleaning the hoods of an overhead ventilation system.

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Employer convicted and fined for WHS breach

Workers rode scaffolding to the ground

A NSW scaffolding business has been convicted and fined after it pleaded guilty to an offence under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW) (WHS Act) (SafeWork NSW v Sydney Hoist and Scaffolding Pty Ltd [2019] NSWDC 442).

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Workplace bullies convicted and fined for breaching WHS duties

Acts of gross stupidity

There have been a number of prosecutions this year that have resulted in workplace bullies being found to have breached their duties under State and Territory work health and safety legislation

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Employer ordered to withdraw unreasonable safety warning

Take It Back

A recent decision of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has reminded employers of the importance of taking a measured and consistent approach to enforcing workplace policies and procedures.

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Self employer convicted and given jail time following death of worker

Reckless

Conviction under work health and safety legalisation can result in significant fines and/or imprisonment.

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Employee who brought firearms and explosives to workplace not unfairly dismissed

Pistol Pete

We all have different hobbies, activities or interests we want to share with our friends and colleagues. However, not all interests are appropriate for the workplace.

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Why employers should encourage a strong work health and safety culture

Safety first

By taking a “safety first” approach, workers are educated in WHS matters, how to report WHS issues, concerns or near misses and are assured that such matters will be taken seriously.

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Webinar: “Regulators!” – Employer rights and obligations when dealing with WHS Regulators and WHS Inspectors.

The range of civil penalties and criminal charges employers, managers and employees can face for WHS incidents. If you thought criminal records and jail time don’t apply to WHS matters – think again!

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