Health and safety

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Sophisticated solutions to assist clients to proactively meet their workplace health and safety requirements and manage safety incidents

We advise employers on preventative safety measures, incident management and in the defence of prosecutions in the unfortunate event of safety breaches. Although we regularly advise on health and safety disputes, prosecutions and coronial inquests, it is always our aim to provide technically superior advice to equip our clients to prevent disputes from arising in the first place.

Experience

  • Workplace health and safety policy development 
  • Training in workplace health and safety procedures and incident response techniques
  • Incident management and containment
  • Incident investigations and defending prosecutions
  • Coronial inquests and related proceedings arising out of workplace deaths
  • Workplace health and safety dispute resolution
  • Management of personnel involved in or affected by safety incidents

Exceptional outcomes

Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy / We advised an international healthcare organisation in relation to its alcohol and other drugs in the workplace policy and the associated legal risks of implementing a zero tolerance policy across its Australian operations.  
Defending safety prosecutions / An employee of our client was working at a mine near Townsville when it was alleged that he was struck and killed by a front end loader operated by another employee of our client. The incident was investigated by the Mines Inspectorate and Police and the Chief Inspector issued complaints to our client with circumstances of aggravation also alleged. Our clients were also charged with failure in their safety obligations.  This matter was successfully resolved with all charges against our client dropped.
Incident investigation / We acted on behalf of an electrical contractor in relation to an alleged breach of Queensland electrical safety legislation causing serious injury to a worker. Our investigation into the incident involved obtaining witness statements, viewing documented procedures, work method statements and safety presentation materials, liaising with the Queensland regulator in relation to the incident, attending to information requests and making submissions in relation to the alleged offence. The matter was ultimately resolved and our client was not prosecuted in relation to the incident.
On site incident response / 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.
Negotiating with safety regulators / We acted for a vegetation management operator to defend a safety prosecution resulting from the death of a by-stander who entered an exclusion zone during a tree-lopping operation at a retirement village.  The matter was successfully resolved with all charges against our client dropped.

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