A recent WHS prosecution in South Australia highlights the need to have and maintain effective risk controls. The Court found that in this workplace a culture had developed that tolerated and even fostered unsafe practices.
This article deals with what happened in this case and actions you could take to help maintain risk controls and ensure that a similar poor safety culture does not develop in your workplace.
The PCBU was apparently not aware that unsafe procedures had been adopted and that over time a culture had developed that it was ok to bypass safety features on the machinery. A new employee was trained in the unsafe work procedure and in using the unsafe procedure suffered crushed fingers, third degree burns, and a diminished sense of feeling in both hands.
This incident would not have happened if reasonably practicable measures had been taken by WHS duty holders to ensure the safety of workers operating those machines.