A shocking level of work-related fatalities is disclosed in the figures regularly released by Safe Work Australia.
Fines & Breaches
Balcony falls, collapsed walls and cranes dangling off the side of high-rise skyscrapers are among a spike in horrific workplace incidents across NSW. These are the businesses which were responsible for some of the worst cases.
Valley Sweep and its director Anton Zakic pleaded guilty in the Latrobe Valley Magistrates’ Court to a single charge each under the Occupational Health and Safety Act of failing to provide and maintain safe plant.
A man at a Laverton North steel mill was rushed to hospital following a gory workplace accident. But the man’s employer told a court it wasn’t ultimately its fault the man was hurt.
A tyre company and one of its directors have been fined a total of $70,000 (and ordered to pay $1,071 in costs) for failing to provide a safe work environment at their Malaga tyre outlet.
A Queensland construction company and its director are facing court after a worker injured his back falling through a garbage chute opening on a building site.
Dreamworld’s parent company has been fined $3.6 million after pleading guilty to safety charges over the Thunder River Rapids ride tragedy that killed four people.
A former paper mill operator has been fined more than $1 million following the deaths of two employees at the site.
A Lilydale food company has been fined $80,000 after a horrific a 500kg corn milling machine fell on to a worker, leaving them with “life-changing” injuries including a punctured lung and fractured ribs, leg, ankle and lower back.
Australia’s health regulator has fined dozens of companies more than $800,000 for unlawfully advertising or illegally importing health products to profit from the pandemic.
A manufacturing company has been fined $165,000 after a worker’s hand was partially severed when it was caught in a press.
A residential construction company has been fined $850,000 following the death of a tradesman who fell from a building site in Kalkallo.
The Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission has upheld the dismissal of an employee with 30 years’ service and a satisfactory safety record after the employee breached a key safety protocol in which he had received adequate training.
A maintenance worker was dragged up a conveyor belt in a horrific worksite accident at SKM Recycling’s Laverton North site. Now the embattled recycler has faced court for that and another grisly workplace incident.
Victorian Liberal MP Nick Wakeling says if negligence and mismanagement can be tied to the death of a person then prosecutions will be open against those responsible for Victoria’s hotel quarantine bungle.