First Workplace Health and Safety prosecution in Queensland

In March a burns case at Sunshine Food Network Pty Ltd was the first successful defended prosecution under model Workplace Health and Safety laws.


Work Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) prosecuted Sunshine Food Network after awoman who had been employed for nine years suffered severe burns when a deep fryer overturned onto her while she was decanting hot oil for disposal.

Charged with not applying the How to Manage Work Health and Safety Risks Code of Practice 2011, Sunshine Food Network was found guilty on 19th March 2014.

A full report by the Magistrates Court of Queensland, notes that the company failed in its health and safety duty by requiring its worker to undertake the decanting process while the oil was still hot.

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