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Rethinking Our Perspective on Contractor Safety Management

I am very grateful to have been given a wonderful opportunity to co-write the Body of Knowledge Chapter on Contractor Safety Management with Jon Harper Slade from NZ. Here is a little article in the AIHS OHS Professional Magazine about the focus of the chapter. Click here to view the article By the way thoughts

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CHASNZ Webinar

I am really looking forward to chatting with our friends across the ditch (NZ) about prequalification of contractors and unpacking what is it good for and how to keep it efficient and effective. Register here for the webinar: https://chasnz.org/events/  

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Serious Incidents Involving Contractors – Are You Ready?

How you respond and how well you are set up to respond following a serious incident involving contractors can be the difference between a prosecution or not. How you engage with your contractors after a serious incident can be the difference between blaming and ignorance or openness and learning. Join me and Joel Zyngier from

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Short Notice but Don’t Miss It

Free Webinar – Tuesday 30th January @ 1pm AEDT – Unpacking the 4 Principles of WHS Safe work Australia Guidance Again! In November 2023 Safe Work Australia issued a case study ostensibly to further explain and provide assistance to understanding the 4 Principles of WHS guidance previously issued in May 2023. Sadly, the guidance continues

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Q & A 2023 Webinar Finale

We have our Q&A session tomorrow BUT I am going to take the opportunity to have a bit of a look at the latest Safe Work Australia guidance expanding on the Four Principles of WHS (and the problems therein). So come along for a final catch up for 2024. Click here for more details.  

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Exciting news!

Join my session at the Workplace Health & Safety Show in Sydney on 20-21 September 2023. Get ready for two days of live interactive Seminars. Let’s shape a safer work environment together. See you there! Register free today!https://lnkd.in/gc9Xg_Xy

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Construction in Mining – Unpacking the WA WHS Regulations Podcast

LinkSafe’s “Construction in Mining – Unpacking the WA WHS Regulations” webinar scheduled for Tuesday 22nd August will no longer be taking place, but never fear, it’s still going ahead!Alan Tait and I are preparing the perfect Podcast.Simply hit the link below, fill in your details and it will be sent directly to your inbox.What will be

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The 4 Principles of WHS – Safe Work Australia Guidance Unpacked

Please join Harold Downes (gun contractor safety management lawyer) and myself for a free webinar on 12 July 2023 hosted by LinkSafe to unpack and clarify recent guidance issued by Safe Work Australia. Sadly the guidance over simplifies and confuses these principles in respect of contractor safety management. I strongly urge you to join us to ensure

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Better Late Than Never

A decision by the Full Bench of the Industrial Commission has shown a chink of light in the bleak landscape of prosecutions in NSW of Principal Contractors for incidents involving specialist contractors.Safework NSW had sought leave to appeal an IRC decision to revoke an improvement notice issued to a Principal Contractor, and internal review decision

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An Oldie but a Goodie

Here is a link to an article I wrote in 2022 about the importance of properly prequalifying contractors, the real purpose of doing so and tips to do it well.SueClick here to view

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Critical WHS Terms in Contractor Safety Management

I am running the next LinkSafe Legal Professional Development Webinar on 22 March 2023. The session will focus on unpacking critical terms within WHS legislation that define the extent of obligations owed to and by contractors in respect of safety. It is critical to have a clear understanding of these terms as they essentially drive

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QLD Magistrates Decision Beware The Detail

A QLD Magistrate recently handed down a decision that may cause some angst, but careful reading of the factual matrix is important to avoid misunderstanding the impact of the decision. A cleaning contractor employed two “sub-contractors”. One of the “sub-contractors” walked across a roof, while ignoring a metal walkway, and fell resulting in serious injuries.

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And we are back!

The “new” WHS Mining Regulations are creating some consternation particularly in respect of the management of contractor safety. However, the picture is not so very bleak, and the regulations are a good news story, if you understand what they actually require. I am speaking at the “Contractor Management under WA’s new Work Health and Safety

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Not Such an Excellent Decision

The contractor in the Arkwood matter has been fined a paltry $15 k for failing to ensure (and in fact proactively encouraging) an unqualified truck driver to operate a crane that struck overhead powerlines and seriously injured two workers. In addition, the contractor failed to comply with his own safe work method statement which emphasised

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An Excellent Decision

In the NSW District Court, a contractor has been found guilty and fined $600K for injuries sustained when labour hire workers were lifted to height in an excavator bucket. Apex Building Systems (Principal Contractor) hired an independent contractor, Greater Civil, to undertake demolition work. Labour hire workers to assist Greater Civil were supplied by Astute

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Getting The Right Advice!

See my latest podcast with Lawyers Weekly talking about the importance of getting the right advice about safety, and particularly contractor safety management. It was a lot of fun. Thanks for the opportunity.

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