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.

Sensear expands to cater for export markets

06 April, 2009

As part of its global growth strategy, Australian hearing technology company Sensear has moved its Perth headquarters into a larger facility.

Unions protest keynote speech at Safety In Action Conference

01 April, 2009

An estimated 200 protestors mobbed the entrance of the Safety In Action Conference in Melbourne, yesterday, to condemn the appearance of John Holland Chairman, Janet Holmes à Court.

Australian safety pioneer dies

24 March, 2009

Pioneering OHS professional Dr Eric Wigglesworth died on the weekend, just days short of calling for systemic change to the profession he helped found.

Safety campaign in WA seafood processing industry

23 March, 2009

A safety inspection campaign will target West Australian seafood processing facilities to address a number of safety aspects.

Company convicted and fined for not acting on safety improvement notices

23 March, 2009

By not actioning three WorkSafe safety improvement notices, a company has incurred a conviction and hefty fine.

Workplace safety threatened by bullying

20 March, 2009

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

Safety program for young workers

06 February, 2009

WorkSafe WA has launched an updated version of its SmartMove website in an effort to minimise the incidence of workplace injuries of young workers.

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.

Federal Safety Commissioner 2008 Award

01 December, 2008

Construction firm John Holland was recognised for its leadership in safety, receiving the Federal Safety Commissioner award at the Master Builders’ National Awards.

ASCC meets for the last time

01 December, 2008

The Australian Safety and Compensation Council met for the last time in November 2008, paving the way for the transition to its newly formed replacement organisation, Safe Work Australia.

Comcare Annual Report released

18 November, 2008

Comcare has released two key documents reporting on its preformance over the past financial year — its 2007–2008 Annual Report and ‘Comcare at a glance’.

South Australia Safe Work Awards

18 November, 2008

The South Australia Safety Awards were recently presented to a number of worthy recipients for their individual and company initiatives to drive workplace safety in South Australia.

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.

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