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Incidents and prosecutions show construction sector can do better

03 April, 2012

Heavy fines have been imposed in a series of WorkSafe prosecutions after serious incidents for construction industry safety failings.

Workplace fatality fine nearly doubled after appeal

02 April, 2012

Forestry company Carter Holt Harvey Woodproducts Australia, now part of BSG Holdings, had its fine for workplace safety breaches nearly doubled on appeal in the County Court recently.

Truck company owner fined $13,000 over sham contracting, underpayment

29 March, 2012

The owner-operator of a Sydney truck company has been fined $13,024 for sham contracting activity and underpaying an employee, following a prosecution by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

A new phase for gender equality

20 March, 2012 by Cynthia Elachi, Senior Associate, Workplace Relations, Employment & Safety, Clayton UTZ

In keeping with an election campaign commitment, the Equal Opportunity For Women In The Workplace Amendment Bill 2012 was introduced into the House of Representatives on 1 March 2012. Its focus is to improve workplace participation and flexibility, recognising that equal remuneration, and family and carer responsibilities are central to the achievement of gender equality. Importantly, it highlights that these issues are not only for women, but men also.

Basic safety failings created chain of events that cost apprentice's eye

24 February, 2012

A roof tiling company's failure to install fall protection on a Rowville house resulted in an apprentice falling 2.4 metres to the ground and a fine representing one third of the company's annual profit.

Truck company raided and driver charged following investigations into triple fatality

23 February, 2012

Police and NSW road safety authorities have launched an unprecedented operation on a trucking company following investigations into a fatal crash which claimed three lives in on the Hume Highway at Menangle last month.

Food manufacturer fined $50K for frankfurt failsafe failure

22 February, 2012

George Weston Foods - one of Australia’s largest food processors - was convicted and fined $50,000 at the Castlemaine Magistrates’ Court on 17 February after pleading guilty to one count of failing to provide a safe plant, after a worker’s hand was crushed after being caught in a machine.

Industrial relations in 2012

13 February, 2012 by Paul Burns and Rohan Doyle*

2012 is shaping up to be a very big year in industrial relations. Employers are waiting in anticipation for a number of developments which will no doubt present various opportunities and challenges for their businesses. This article looks at the top seven developments to watch out for in 2012.

Fall leaves worker in a wheelchair and small business fined

07 February, 2012

A magistrate has given a small building company six years to pay a fine imposed on it after a worker became a paraplegic as a result of a four-metre fall.

College fined after tree collapse

01 February, 2012

A private college has been convicted and fined in the Industrial Court after three people were injured by a falling tree while attending a junior school sports day in 2009.

Timber company fined after worker injured by unguarded machinery

25 January, 2012

A South Eastern timber processing company has been fined more than $26,000 by the Industrial Court after an employee was injured by unguarded machinery.

Geelong business fined over workplace incident

24 January, 2012

A Geelong business has been convicted and fined $6000 over an incident that left a chef with a broken arm after her sleeve became caught in an unguarded machine.

New WHS laws will not apply to every volunteering activity or organisation - Safe Work Australia

19 January, 2012

The new WHS laws will not apply to every volunteering activity or organisation. They apply if a volunteer organisation employs staff as well as volunteers to carry out work for the organisation.

Business owners fined $32,500 over lack of fall injury prevention system

17 January, 2012

The owners of a rigging and construction business have been fined for failing to provide workers with a fall injury prevention system on a construction site.

WorkSafe investigating worker death at Kapunda

20 December, 2011

In the wake of a worker’s death at Kapunda, SafeWork SA is urging workers in farm-related industries to take extreme care around machinery and vehicles as activity continues during the current harvest and into next year’s grape vintage.

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