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Company Director Fined For WHS Breach

Company Director Fined For WHS Breach

The director of a boat-making business Seawind Catamarans has been fined $6500 for a 2008 breach of workplace safety laws resulting in the death of a 25-year-old worker. WorkCover NSW charged company director Richard Ward with contravening the NSW Occupational Health and Safety Act. The worker, Michael Parsons was unable to be revived after he […]

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Insurers Pick Up Cost of Non-Compliance

Taking out insurance policies to evade criminal penalties could be a thing of the past if SafeWork Australia has its way. Under a proposal being considered by SafeWork Australia, directors of companies could be prohibited from claiming an indemnity if charged with criminal penalties under new WHS laws. This is after a noticeable upsurge in the number […]

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Santos Fined $120,000

Santos Fined $120,000

A coal seam gas (CSG) company now owned by Santos was recently convicted and fined for a safety breach during underground drilling work which resulted in a fatality. In September 2013, in the matter of Nash v Eastern Star Gas Ltd [2013] NSWIRComm 75, the company (acquired by Santos in November 2011) was convicted and […]

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South Australia Guidelines for Small Business

SafeWork South Australia has just released a new set of work health and safety best practice guidelines for small businesses. The document, entitled Work Health and Safety – Seven Steps for Small Business, presents a series of easy and effective steps that SMEs can take in order to improve the safety of employees on the […]

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Manufacturer Fined $90,000

Manufacturer Fined $90,000

A Victorian manufacturer was fined $90,000 for a breach of the OHS Act. BRICK manufacturer Selkirk says it will do everything in its power to avoid future workplace accidents after being fined $90,000 over an incident in which an employee’s face was crushed by a hydraulic ram. Speaking after the decision in Ballarat Magistrates’ Court […]

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WA to go it alone on WHS Laws

WA to go it alone on WHS Laws

Will Western Australia ever follow the other states and join in a harmonised set of WHS laws? It seems not. The WA Government is widely expected to announce that it will not nationalise its laws in line with the work health and safety nationalisation process already adopted by most other Australian states.

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Big Change for Our Most Popular WHS Qualifications

The very popular Certificate IV in OHS will not be available by the end of 2013. It has been replaced by a more up to date course developed in line with the new harmonised laws. However most new students are not even aware of the changes. The Cert IV Work Health and Safety (BSB 41412) superseded the […]

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Company Director Fined $200,000

Company Director Fined $200,000

A South Australian company director has been fined $200,000 for a breach of the Occupational Health Safety and Welfare Act 1986. Director Paolo Maione and his company, Ferro Con (SA) Pty Ltd, pleaded guilty in the Magistrates Court of South Australia to breaching the Act. The director was also criticised for taking out indemnity insurance […]

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New On-The-Spot Fines for ACT

New On-The-Spot Fines for ACT

New on-the-spot fines for construction site safety breaches will come into force from next Monday in the Australian Capital Territory. Under the new initiative workplace safety breaches by employers will earn fines of $3600. Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations Minister Simon Corbell said the ACT government was committed to implementing all of the recommendations of the Getting […]

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Company Fined $71,000 for WHS Breach

Company Fined $71,000 for WHS Breach

In Western Australia a crane hire company and its director have been fined a total of $71,000 after a worker suffered serious head and neck injuries when he fell through a roof. Terry’s Crane Hire and director Terrence Ronald Brown pleaded guilty in the Perth Magistrates Court last week to failing to provide a safe […]

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