Safety Measures Required to be Considered for Property Easement Applications – Owners Corporation PS507084R v Marley [2020] VSC 95

In January 2017, Camilla Marley purchased and moved into a two storey apartment property in Moonee Ponds, Victoria. In September 2017, the Owners Corporation applied to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘VCAT’), under s 12(2) of the Subdivision Act 1988 (Vic), to install a fixed ladder on Ms. Marley’s terrace in order to access […]

Dismissal Upheld for OSH Breaches of an Appointed Person – Stephen Maguire v BHP Billiton Iron Ore Pty Ltd [2019] FWC 8046

Mr Stephen Maguire was employed by BHP as a Track Maintenance Coordinator and an ‘appointed person’ under s 22 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (WA). On 12 Jan 2019, a work order required the changing of rail pads which sit between the rail foot and the sleeper. The rail was lifted using […]

Fine of up to $1,500,000 Reduced to $90,000- Safework NSW v Dongwha Timbers [2020] NSWDC 9

On 27 July 2016, Mr Timothy Olsen, Timbermill worker was involved in an industrial accident whilst working for Dongwha Timbers Pty Limited.   At approximately 4.30pm, Mr Olsen was operating the satellite line infeed unit when a fillet stick became jammed under the lift arms of the tilt hoist, preventing the lift arms from lowering to […]

ISO/TS 29001 Oil and Gas Quality Management System Certification

The Work Health and Safety Experts were engaged by an Australian-based organisation to assist in their certification to ISO/TS 29001 ‘Oil and Gas Quality Management System’. The ISO/TS 29001 standard has been developed as a direct result of a partnership between the International Organisation for Standardisation (‘ISO’) and the international regulators of the oil and […]

United Kingdom’s Health and Safety Executive Announces an Increase in Workplace Fatalities

Recent statistics from the UK’s Health and Safety Executive (‘HSE’) show an increasing rate of workplace fatalities between 2018/19, with 147 deaths reported to enforcing authorities. This represents an increase of six fatalities on the 141 workers killed in 2016/17. The latest UK health and safety numbers also include valuable information on accidents and illnesses […]

The Australian Institute of Health and Safety Responds to Queensland’s Dreamworld Tragedy Inquest

Queensland Coroner, His Honour James McDougall, today issued findings into the Dreamworld inquest which resulted in the tragic deaths of four people on 25 October 2016.    The report covers a wide range of issues which have been seen as contributory to the tragic events, going back over an extended period of time. These included but […]

WHS Experts Supply Work Health and Safety Consultants to Australian FPSO

The Work Health and Safety Experts have recently supplied three work health and safety consultants to a floating production storage and offloading (‘FPSO’) facility of the coast of the Northern Territory. The embedded consultants, reporting to the offshore field manager, are responsible for the HSE, QA and risk management systems of the FPSO facility.  Please […]

Progress of the West Australian Version of the Work Health and Safety Bill 2019

On Thursday 20 February, the Work Health and Safety Bill 2019 passed through the Legislative Assembly of the Western Australian Parliament.  The Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Mines and Petroleum and Industrial Relations stated: “I am pleased that the Work Health and Safety Bill has now passed the Legislative Assembly…The McGowan Government recognises the importance […]

WHS Act Does Not Dictate Employment Type – Clarke v Premier Youthworks Pty Ltd [2020] FCCA 105

In this Federal Circuit Court of Australia hearing, law graduate Ryan Clarke was working as a casual residential youth care worker for Premier Youthworks. The Letter of Offer and accompanying position description was signed by Clarke, outlining that he was to be employed as a ‘casual’. Clauses in the contract stated there would be an […]

Potential Policy Nullification and Fines for Holding Insurance Coverage for WHS Breaches in WA and NSW

Both Western Australia and New South Wales State Governments have introduced controversial clauses within their specific Work Health and Safety Acts that have a potential to heavily impact business operations. The current clauses before the House of Representatives in each State would make it illegal for an individual or business to hold insurance policies to […]