A 72 year old South Gippsland woman has become the first person in Victoria to be sentenced to jail for recklessly endangering a worker. Ms Jackson has been sentenced to six months imprisonment following breaches of WHS duty provisions relating to her involvement in a 2017 workplace fatality. She was convicted and sentenced to pay $10,000 for the offence and sentenced to six months’ imprisonment. Ms Jackson was also ordered to pay WorkSafe Victoria’s costs.
The incident involved gross negligence resulting in a fatality while using a forklift - Link to full article. Ms Jackson’s sentence adds further weight to the argument that the penalties being imposed on businesses and individuals who fail to comply with their WHS duties are significantly increasing.
Construction company fined following fall fatality - A Melbourne construction company has been convicted and fined $275,000 following the death of a painter who fell 3.46 metres through a first floor stair void at a Mornington Peninsula building site in 2017. A WorkSafe investigation found a wooden handrail at the edge of the first floor void near where the painter was working had been partially dislodged from one of its clamps. - See WorkSafe Notice
A Queensland company Director has been sentenced to 1-year imprisonment after being found guilty of breaching Section 31 ("Reckless conduct–category 1") of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (QLD), after recklessly contributing to the death of a roofer in 2014. the Director had been trying to maximise profits by not paying $5000 for safety rails. A 62 yr old worker fell 6m to his death while working on an unprotected roof edge. See WorkSafe QLD Report