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South Western Sydney Local Health District enters enforceable undertaking for baby gassings

Workplace health & safety regulations

  South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) has been spared prosecution over two gassing incidents that left one newborn baby dead and another with permanent brain damage. The tragic incidents occurred at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital in 2016, after the babies […]

By Portner Press on October 22nd, 2019

Your questions answered; What rules apply to e-cigarette smoking in the workplace?

Workplace health & safety regulations

Q One of our employees is an ex-smoker and is now smoking an electronic cigarette instead of tobacco cigarettes. He claims that e-cigarettes contain no harmful products and do not emit smoke, but I understand that some of the brands […]

By Portner Press on October 22nd, 2019

Contractor receives $45K in penalties for failing to manage fall risks

Workplace health & safety regulations

  No accident is necessary for WHS regulators to commence a safety breach prosecution. Last month, a principal contractor in Victoria was hit with a $35,000 fine plus $10,112 in costs for breaching the state’s Occupational Health and Safety Act […]

By Portner Press on October 18th, 2019

Your questions answered: How many consecutive days can someone work?

Workplace health & safety regulations

Q We are a cable-laying company based out of Sydney but have worksites across Australia that are quite remote. Currently, we work an 11/3 roster, which works fine for local labour but is impractical for employees who live in a […]

By Portner Press on October 18th, 2019

Rollover protection for quad bikes may become mandatory

Workplace health & safety regulations

  The long-running debate over the safety of quad bikes in Australia may be set to end with the ABC News reporting this month that the Federal Government may be introducing laws requiring mandatory rollover protection for all new quad […]

By Michael Selinger on October 11th, 2019

Failure to manage fall risk results in prosecution of contractor

Workplace health & safety regulations

In the recent case of SafeWork NSW v Poletti Corporation Pty Ltd (2019), an installer of a jumpform screen system at a construction site unsuccessfully defended a work health & safety prosecution, when it was found that it had failed […]

By Michael Selinger on October 4th, 2019

Putting profits before safety costs company $210K

Workplace health & safety regulations

In SafeWork NSW vs ADN Investments Pty Ltd & Adnan Yassine (2019), the NSW District Court fined an excavation contractor $180,000 and its director $30,000 for failing to implement recommended safety measures to prevent the collapse of an adjacent building. […]

By Michael Selinger on September 27th, 2019

Your questions answered: What health and safety obligations do we have to workers we send overseas?

Workplace health & safety regulations

Q If a company is in a state that operates under the WHS Act and it sends its workers overseas, is it expected to comply with the WHS Act for these workers? A The WHS provisions do not apply to […]

By Portner Press on September 26th, 2019

Your questions answered: How do we approach unhygienic employees?

Workplace health & safety regulations

Q We receive many complaints about the men’s toilets. The complaints relate to urine on the floor, excessive pubic hairs in the urinals, excrement on the walls and floor, and boot marks on the toilet seats. To date, we have […]

By Portner Press on September 17th, 2019

WorkSafe Victoria prosecutes worker’s comp fraudster

Workers' Compensation

A worker who forged medical certificates to claim nearly $113,000 in workers’ compensation payments has been jailed for nine months. Andres Canepa Uranga had lodged a workers’ compensation claim for incapacity to work after he sustained an eye injury while […]

By Portner Press on September 13th, 2019