On 29 January 2021, the defendant company pleaded guilty and was sentenced in the Brisbane Magistrates Court for breaching s 699 of the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004, having failed to discharge an obligation imposed under the safety management system for the operating plant. The defendant failed to take all reasonable steps to ensure no person or property was exposed to more than an acceptable level of risk. The defendant was convicted and fined $60,000. A conviction was not recorded.

On 11 December 2020, a manufacturing company was sentenced in the Southport Magistrates Court for an offence against section 32 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (‘Act’), for failing to comply with their duty under section 19(1) of the Act. Magistrate Grace Kahlert convicted and fined the defendant $50,000.

A company conducting a business in remediation works of water and storm damaged residences was charged under s 43(2) of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (the ‘Act’) and ss 419(1) and 446(3) of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (the ‘Regulation’), for allowing workers to carry out work involving asbestos whilst the defendant company was not a licensed asbestos removal contractor. The defendant pleaded guilty to all charges and was sentenced on 7 December 2020 in the Brisbane Magistrates Court. Magistrate Tina Previtera imposed a global fine of $6,000.

On 17 November 2020, the defendant company pleaded guilty and was sentenced in the Redcliffe Magistrates Court for failing to comply with its primary health and safety duty held pursuant to section 19(1) of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (the Act) to ensure, so far as was reasonably practicable, the health and safety of its workers, in contravention of section 33 of the Act. Magistrate Mark Bucknall convicted and fined the defendant $6,000. The conviction was not recorded.

On 17 November 2020, the defendant was sentenced in the Holland Park Magistrates Court for failing to comply with his duty as a worker to ensure that his actions did not adversely affect the health and safety of others, held under s 28(b) of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (‘Act’). This failure exposed an individual to a risk of death or serious injury, in contravention of s 32 of the Act. Acting Magistrate Robert Turra imposed a fine of $3,000 and no conviction was recorded.

On 17 November 2020, the defendant company was sentenced in the Holland Park Magistrates Court for failure to comply with their primary health and safety duty held under s 19(1) of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (‘Act’), exposing an individual to a risk of death or serious injury in contravention of s 32 of the Act. Acting Magistrate Robert Turra fined the defendant $35,000 and no conviction was recorded.

On 16 November 2020, in the Pine Rivers Magistrates Court, the defendant, a not-for-profit registered charity, pleaded guilty to one offence contrary to section 32 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (‘Act’), for failing to comply with their duty under section 19(2) of the Act. Magistrate Melanie Ho fined the defendant $300,000 and did not record a conviction.

On 13 November 2020, the defendant was sentenced in the Beenleigh Magistrates Court for failing to prepare or keep a hazardous chemical register in contravention of section 346(1) of the Work Health and Safety Regulation (‘Regulation’). Magistrate Brian Kilmartin convicted and fined the defendant $3,600. The conviction was not recorded.

An entertainment events company and its sole director held respective duties under ss 19(2) and 27(1) of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (‘the Act’). On 10 November 2020, both defendants pleaded guilty and were sentenced in the Brisbane Magistrates Court for breaching s 32 of the Act, having failed to comply with their work health and safety duties.

A demolition and asbestos removal business was charged with one offence contrary to s 200(1) of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (the ‘Act’) for failing to comply with a non-disturbance notice without reasonable excuse. It was also charged with one offence contrry to s 43(1) of the Act, for directing or allowing a worker to remove over 10m2 of asbestos containing material when it did not hold an asbestos removal license, in breach of s 487(2) of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (the ‘Regulation’). On 9 November 2020, the defendant company pleaded guilty to both offences and was sentenced in the Southport Magistrates Court.