Occupational Health and Safety

Sophisticated solutions to assist clients to proactively meet their OH&S requirements and appropriately manage workplace incidents, where these do occur.

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Creating a safe work environment is an important legal requirement for all businesses. Our experts advise local, state and national employers on meeting their occupational health and safety requirements, and on the various regulations governing Australian workplaces.

We work to understand each client’s unique situation and objectives, so as to provide exceptional service and sophisticated solutions at both the front and back end of OH&S matters.

Although we regularly advise on occupational health and safety disputes, it is always our aim to provide technically superior advice to prevent disputes arising in the first place. Our occupational health and safety, industrial and employment law, and insurance experts provide our clients with comprehensive training and compliance programs to equip employers and their employees with the necessary skills to avoid incidents altogether.

Areas of Expertise

  • Occupational health and safety policy development 
  • Training in occupational health and safety procedures and incident response techniques
  • Incident management 
  • Investigations, prosecutions and coronial inquests
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Occupational health and safety dispute resolution
  • Acting in a number of defences to prosecutions for breaches of the Workplace Health and Safety Act and other occupational health and safety legislation for employers, principals and their executive officers.
  • Advising a large manufacturer and repairer of mining equipment and a steel producer in different workplace health and safety investigations and prosecutions following the fatal injury of employees at their respective premises.
  • Acting for a coal mine operator and senior site executive at the coronial inquest into the death of a contractor's employee at a mine site in Central Queensland. Both the mine operator and the executive successfully avoided prosecution.
  • Acting for an engineering company in an investigation and subsequent prosecution by the Department of Industrial Relations following the fatal injury of an apprentice at its workshop in Mackay. We have also acted for this client in an inquest.
  • Acting for Brisbane Markets to defend a claim for compensation after a worker for a tenant was hit by a forklift. 
  • Advising a mining company on on-site incident response and crisis management regarding the outbreak of an infectious disease.
  • Advising a national energy provider on workplace health and safety in regards to an incident at a major power station.
  • Advising one of Queensland's largest environment services companies on a variety of workplace health and safety matters, including advising on the legislative compliance and incident management. 
  • Providing onsite incident response and crisis management advice for a petroleum exploration company in tenements in the Northern Territory following a death on-site.
  • Providing onsite incident response and crisis management for a marine transportation company following two deaths onsite, including liaising with multiple transport authorities, Australian Customs, Queensland Police, Port Authority and Maritime Safety Queensland.
  • Providing onsite incident response and crisis management for a tungsten mining company following the death of a contractor, including appointing counsel and appearing at the plea and sentencing. The charge was successfully downgraded to a simple breach.
  • Conducting workplace health and safety audits and advising on preventative strategies, drafting policies, procedures and protocol documents and running training sessions for directors, officers and staff on their obligations and potential liability.
  • Advising (as a member of WorkCover Queensland’s legal panel) self-insured employers under the WorkCover Queensland scheme on risk management initiatives, the rehabilitation of injured workers, and workplace health and safety issues.