WHS Experts Statement on COVID-19 (‘Coronavirus’)

The Work Health and Safety Experts, like the majority of Australian-based operations at this current time, WHSE is enacting temporary measures across our operations in accordance with both the World Health Organization (‘WHO’) and Australian Federal Government recommendations. The measures include: Using virtual meeting technology as a means of avoiding/reducing the potential for spread of […]

OPP Lawyer Awarded Damages for Psychiatric Injury – Kozarov v State of Victoria [2020] VSC 78

Zagi Kozarov, lawyer and former employee of the Victorian Office of Public Prosecutions (‘OPP’) worked in the Specialist Sexual Offences Unit from June 2009 to April 2012. During the course of employment, Kozarov sustained PTSD and major depressive disorder from the repeated exposure to child exploitation cases of ‘an abhorrent nature’. Kozarov claimed for negligence, […]

Incident Investigation Methods – Which One is the Right One?

The Work Health and Safety Experts often receive phone calls requesting information from current and prospective clients on the exact type of incident investigation method that can or should be used when an event arises. Where Do I Find the Information? The rule of thumb is that there is not one ‘go-to’ or ‘standard’ method […]

WHSE Experts Engaged in Denmark for IRATA Certification Audit

In February 2020, the WHS Experts were engaged by a Copenhagen-based working at heights operation that are in the process of applying for their Industrial Rope Access Trade Association (‘IRATA’) certification. Two personnel from the WHS Experts braced the cold to assist our client with services that included: Current best-practice measures for working at heights, […]

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 […]