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Company director sentenced to record prison term in WA

03 June, 2021

Western Australia records its first imprisonment for a work health and safety offence, and the sentence is the longest imprisonment term ever imposed in Australia.

Fine for "disgraceful" disregard of asbestos safety

05 May, 2021

A Queensland painter has been fined $3000 for failing to protect the public or workers from asbestos while painting a Norman Park house.

Feedback sought for amendments to mine and petroleum site laws

26 April, 2021

Interested parties can now provide feedback regarding proposed amendments to legislation about work health and safety and mines and petroleum sites.

Qld calls on nation to catch up with its labour hire laws

21 April, 2021

Three years after the implementation of its labour hire laws, Queensland has called on the Australian Government for national action to protect workers.

Mandating COVID-19 vaccination: when is it lawful and reasonable?

08 March, 2021 by Patrick Walsh, Director, DW Fox Tucker Lawyers

We can now prevent people from developing COVID-19, but when is it lawful and reasonable for employers to direct employees to undergo vaccination against COVID-19?

Contractor charged over fatal brick wall collapse

19 February, 2021

A contractor has been charged with breaching the Occupational Health and Safety Act, after a worker was crushed beneath a brick wall at a construction site.

Vic company fined for dangerous demolition, asbestos removal

22 December, 2020

A demolition company has been fined $20,000 for demolishing a building containing asbestos without the proper controls in place.

Springvale Coal to spend $540,000 on enforceable undertaking

16 December, 2020

The NSW Resources Regulator has accepted a $540,000 enforceable undertaking for Springvale Colliery, after a 2019 incident in which a worker's leg was fractured.

Vic Govt provides extension for cladding cost claims

11 September, 2020

The Victorian Government has introduced a suite of cladding-related reforms, providing more time for home owners to pursue legal action for cladding claims.

WorkSafe WA lays charges over plumber death

08 September, 2020

Two companies are facing charges and over $4 million in fines, following the death of a plumber at a Perth construction site.

$800K enforceable undertaking for Maules Creek Coal Mine

19 August, 2020

A truck collision at Maules Creek Coal Mine will cost Maules Creek Coal $800,000 after the NSW Resources Regulator approved an enforceable undertaking.

Qld WHS Prosecutor to handle serious RHS prosecutions

08 July, 2020

Following recent legislative amendments, serious Resources Safety and Health prosecutions in Queensland will be referred to the independent WHS Prosecutor.

Victorian workplace manslaughter laws now in effect

02 July, 2020

Negligent Victorian employers now face fines of up to $16 million if they fail to ensure that employees are protected from incidents that result in death.

Company convicted, fined $3m for industrial manslaughter

25 June, 2020

Queensland's first sentence for industrial manslaughter has been handed down, with an auto wrecking yard fined $3 million following the death of a worker.

Inquiry reveals design issues with unstable Paradise Dam

02 June, 2020

An independent inquiry has found a range of structural and design issues with Paradise Dam in Bundaberg, detailed in a 563-page Commission report.

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