Qantas charged with breaching workplace safety laws after it stood down a cleaner who feared Covid


Qantas charged with breaching workplace safety laws after it stood down a cleaner who feared staff could be exposed to Covid cleaning a plane from China

  • National carrier charged with breaches of workplace safety law
  • It stood down a work who expressed concerns about Covid infection on a plane
  • The incident occurred last year at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic 










A worker who was stood down after raising concerns about possible Covid-19 infection aboard an aircraft that had arrived from China has led to Qantas being charged with breaches of workplace safety law.

The incident occurred at the start of the pandemic in February last year when the employee, a health and safety representative, allegedly advised colleagues not to board and clean a plane that had arrived from Shanghai.

Qantas stood the employee down and said it was investigating the worker for possible breaches of its workplace policies, but a SafeWork NSW investigation into that action has now resulted in charges against the national carrier filed in the NSW District Court.

Qantas has been charged with breaches of workplace safety law for standing down a worker who raised concerns about Covid-19 infection on a plane that had arrived from China in February 2020

Qantas has been charged with breaches of workplace safety law for standing down a worker who raised concerns about Covid-19 infection on a plane that had arrived from China in February 2020

The charges were filed under a section of NSW’s Work Health and Safety Act that prevents an employer from discriminating against a worker who raises safety issues or is carrying out a workplace health and safety role.  

More to come. 

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