VIC Court of Appeal doubled fine over worker’s death

Reported by Haydee | 26 Jun, 2012

An equipment hire company has been convicted and fined a total of $500,000 after a worker was killed when an elevating work platform rolled down the tray of a truck, tipped and crushed him. Victoria’s Court of Appeal on Monday imposed the fine which was increased from the $250,000 penalty given by the County Court …

Federal Court cleared the way for drug and alcohol testing of workers

Reported by Haydee | 18 Jun, 2012

The Federal Court supported an employer’s right to subject workers to mandatory drug and alcohol tests, saying this will help accomplish workplace health and safety obligations. According to The Australian, the court on Friday ruled against the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union which was against the tests. “It seems clear enough that mandatory testing …