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Charges laid over fatal failure of swing stage scaffold on Gold Coast

05 June, 2009

Three companies have been charged over the deaths of two construction workers at a Gold Coast high-rise construction site last year.

Conviction and fine for not ensuring sub-contractor safety

02 June, 2009

Failing to ensure the safety needs of contractors were addressed has cost a major poultry processor a conviction for OHS law breaches and $100,000.

WA government concerned over national OHS legislation

28 May, 2009

The Western Australian government has raised a number of concerns over the proposed national model OHS legislation at the recent WRMC meeting.

Safety responsibilities cannot be outsourced

18 May, 2009

Companies employing subcontractors should be conscious of their responsibilities to provide a safe environment for all people working on their behalf, not just employees, and that safe work practices are being carried out by all of them.

Legal consequences of safety failings

09 April, 2009

During the month of April, several major workplace health and safety cases will be before Victorian courts as WorkSafe ramps up its campaign to reduce preventable deaths and injuries.

Workplace safety threatened by bullying

20 March, 2009

Safety in the workplace is under threat as bullying increases, warns the unions.

Client legal privilege issues in managing and investigating safety incidents — Part 3

12 December, 2008 by Katherine Morris*

We conclude the three-part series by looking at how privilege can be jeopardised by the actions of external lawyers and organisations involved in the incident. It is vital that procedures are put in place within an organisation to ensure that privilege is maintained and not expressly or impliedly waived.

Crucial High Court decision on OHS appeal

18 November, 2008

After a lengthy appeals process, a High Court decision has cleared the way for two significant safety prosecutions in South Australia to proceed.

Client legal privilege issues in managing and investigating safety incidents — Part 2

14 November, 2008 by Katherine Morris*

In part 2, we look at issues concerning legal advice in relation to a safety incident, and look at ways to control internal investigations and documentation to maintain legal privilege.

Client legal privilege issues in managing and investigating safety incidents — Part 1

13 October, 2008 by Katherine Morris*

This is the first article in a three-part series that discusses the matter of client legal privilege in the context of managing and investigating safety incidents and outlines practical issues surrounding it.

Public to have say on Model OHS Laws

04 June, 2008

The National Review into Model OHS Laws is now open to public review, with any interested persons invited to write a submission before 11 July 2008.

OHS laws under review

15 April, 2008

The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Julia Gillard, has announced a national review into model OHS Laws.

The legislation for 'rogue employers'

07 July, 2005

On 10 June 2005, the Occupational Health and Safety (Workplace Deaths) Bill 2005 (NSW) (Workplace Deaths Bill) completed its passage through both houses of the New South Wales Parliament

Formaldehyde causes cancer

11 June, 2005

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has ruled that the common chemical formaldehyde is a carcinogen.

Spinal injury from workplace incident

29 May, 2005

Tieman Industries has been fined $275,000 by the NSW Industrial Relations Commission sitting in Court Session following a workplace incident that led to the permanent disability of a worker.

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