IRATA International TACS update

IRATA International has published the fourth edition of the Training, Assessment and Certification Scheme (‘TACS’). The document is used in conjunction with the IRATA International Code of Practice. The document’s revision reflects current industry best practice and furthers IRATA’s commitment to continuous improvement in setting the highest standard for industrial rope access methods worldwide. All […]

Fall from 2.5M costs $937,502 – BOEHM V STRONGBACK PTY LTD [2011] VSC 463

In 2007, carpenter Peter Boehm fell from 2.5m from a 1.8m A-frame ladder whilst installing a cover on a hot water system in Fitzroy, Victoria. Boehm brought common law proceedings for negligence against his employer for not providing a safe work environment. Prior to the updated Occupational Health and Safety Regulations in 2007 (and again […]

Employee Set Alight – Martyn Campbell v Tad-Mar Electrical [2019] SAET 225

In this prosecution from the executive director or SafeWork South Australia, two employees (the ‘co-accused’) were squirting flammable liquid onto another employee’s PPE as they were sitting in the lunchroom. The situation escalated when one employee pinned another employee to the wall and used his cigarette lighter to set the clothing of his co-worker on […]

Cowboy Electrician Forgiven – Khoury v NSW Fair Trading [2019] NSWCATOD 194

Charbel Khoury was a self-employed electrician from 2008 until 2012. After complaints regarding extortion tactics on pensioners, NSW Fair Trading charged Khoury with a range of offenses including false representation, misleading conduct and incorrect installations to AS 3000. Khoury plead guilty and was disqualified from holding an electrical licence until July 2015. In 2014, Fair […]

Highest Penalty Ever Awarded for Contravening Consumer Law – ACCC v Volkswagen [2019] FCA 2166

From January 2011 to October 2015, VW submitted documents on 171 separate occasions to the Minister that the 57,082 VW vehicles sold in Australia during the period complied with the national standards under s 10A of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 (Cth). The national standards included ‘Vehicle Standard Australian Design Rule 79’ that requires […]

WHS Experts Engaged for New Zealand Regulator Compliance Audit

The Work Health and Safety Experts (‘WHSE’) were engaged by a multinational organisation to perform a range of proactive auditing across their multiple operations and contractors in New Zealand. The audit included a full review to a range of regulatory and best-practice compliance measures and executive reporting to both the chief executive officer and the […]

WHS Experts Engaged for Queensland Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Compliance Audit

The Work Health and Safety Experts (‘WHSE’) were engaged by a Queensland-based operation for proactive auditing to a range of regulatory and best-practice compliance measures. The audit incorporated the following: ISO 14001:2015 ‘Environmental Management Systems’; ISO 31000:2018 ‘Risk Management Systems’; ISO 45001:2018 ‘Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems’; ISO 9001:2015 ‘Quality Management Systems’; Mining and […]

Industrial Manslaughter Legislated in Victoria

Victoria has passed the Workplace Safety Legislation Amendment (Workplace Manslaughter and Other Matters) Bill 2019 (Vic). The Bill amends the current Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic). The Bill introduces under section 39G that ‘a person must not engage in negligent conduct that breaches an applicable duty owed to another person and causes the […]

No Wiggle Room for Falsely Claiming Personal Leave – Sean Mamo v Robjan Pty Ltd t/a Yarrawonga Toyota [2019] FWC 7900

On 28 June 2019, Mr Sean Mamo, a Toyota Yarrawonga (Victoria) car detailer, informed his employer that he wouldn’t be attending work to care for his sick child. After a photograph appeared on social media of Mr Mamo and his son attending a Wiggles concert on the same day, the Toyota dealership terminated his employment […]

Western Australian WHS Bill Update

The Work Health and Safety Bill 2019 (WA) has been introduced to the WA Legislative Assembly. Unlike other jurisdictions with one single charge of industrial/workplace manslaughter, WA is attempting to introduce two separate charges for industrial manslaughter under sections 30A and 30B of the Bill. 30A – ‘Industrial Manslaughter – Crime’ The highest penalty for […]