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ContractorLIFE – Episode 1

For the First webinar of the Four Pillars of Contractor Safety Management Series – Contractor Prequalification I made a little video. …. Enjoy ! Don’t forget you can still enrol for the workshops here or AIHS.org.au View Here

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Imitation is the Highest Form of Flattery

A linkedin connection recently sent me a link to a webinar they attended conducted by a very large online OHS software company in conjunction with a very large OHS consulting firm. The content was based on 4 elements of contractor management …. mmm eerily familiar. Sadly that’s where the similarity ended as the content was

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Lets See Where This Goes

The CFMMEU has launched legal action in the Federal Court alleging that the failure to provide a copy of a documented worksite safety management plan amounted to obstructing or hindering an Authorised Representative of a Registered Employee Organisation (ARREO). Now ,on entry an ARREO has the power to inspect plant, substance or any other thing

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Increasing Awareness of COR – ABC 774 Interview

While listening to ABC 774 today I heard a discussion of the horrific accident involving a heavy vehicle which resulted in the tragic deaths of four police officers. During the discussion a caller commented that there needs to be a way to prevent heavy vehicle drivers from being pressured into taking drugs to stay awake.

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The 4 Pillars of Contractor Safety Management

I presented a webinar yesterday in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Health and Safety setting out the simplest and most effective formula for managing contractor safety. It improves safety, massively reduces administration and correctly reflects how the law is applied to the contractor/ PC relationship. The framework uses 4 pillars to 1 – Prequalify

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NSW R v Sapform – A Problematic Decision

In NSW a contractor was fined $450K following the death of a sub contractor who fell when laying suspended form work and was impaled on protruding bars. Whilst I have no difficulty with the site PC being held responsible for managing work at heights at the site. I am concerned that the Contractor was held

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The Myth of Non- Delegable WHS Duties

Whenever I post about contractor safety management someone inevitably pipes in that all WHS duties are non-delegable and therefore a Principal Contractor is liable for their contractors safety management. This is a myth (for a couple of reasons) and misunderstands the WHS Construction regulations in every jurisdiction. Under ALL WHS regulation the owner of a

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Managing Covid 101

WOSH Duty – identify operations that expose workers to Covid .e.g health care and implement reasonably practicable controls. 1 – eliminate exposure e.g. don’t take passengers in cab of tow truck/ work from home 2- isolate e.g. install physical barriers in a taxi 3 – substitute e.g. online/ telephone vs face to face 4 –

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Toll Data Breach – A Warning for Others

Under the banner of chain of responsibility employers in the transport industry are coercing transport operators and drivers to hand over personal and commercially sensitive information e.g. licenses, vehicle data and travel information, without any legal basis to do so. If you do this you are required to keep that information secure. If it leaks

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Industrial Manslaughter and Contractor Management

A topic grabbing everyone’s attention at the moment is industrial manslaughter and as always fear is in the air. Principal Contractors may think the best course of action is to take more control of contractors operations when the opposite is needed. The more control you take the more liability you have. Make sure your contractors

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Industrial Manslaughter – Is WOHS Legislation A Sword or Shield

Is the cacophony of legal noise around IM preventing us from seeing that the tools to manage it are already staring us in the face? Is the fear of IM going to drive regression into draconian, rule driven safety management practices? Should we abandon the movement away from progressive safety management? I am going to

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COR Vehicle Maintenance Obligations – Don’t Get Spooked

I have just read in an opinion piece with the following comment “Other CoR parties’ (other than drivers and transport operators) maintenance responsibilities are only likely to be triggered where they observe a vehicle defect. In this case, their responsibilities are likely to involve not permitting the use of the unsafe or defective heavy vehicle

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3rd Party Auditing – The Slippery Slope Into Liability

Engaging specialist 3rd party’s to assess and approve the safety arrangements of contractors is sadly quite common place these days (its a bit of a money spinner). Many of these companies offer services where they establish complex systems and criteria against which they asses contractor safety management. They collect contractor documentation, review it, go back

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SKM Recycling – The Real Story

On 24 October 2014 a worker lost his hand in an aluminium baler at SKM. I was the OHS Manager. How could this happen? The supplier was an expert engineer, they installed and commissioned the machine and trained operators. It was used exactly as intended and had all guarding in place. No incidents or near

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Fantastic! – COR Consultants and Lawyers – Lift Your Game!

The South Australian Road Transport Association (SARTA) has launched a broadside at an increasing incidence of overzealous clients in the supply chain, in what it deems an unintended consequence of last year’s chain of responsibility (COR) reforms. The growing COR compliance and consultancy space is leading to some clients becoming increasingly intrusive in the operations

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Labour Hire Licensing Act

Unintended Consequences Contractor Arrangements. The LHLA intends to protect workers from being exploited by Labour Hire Providers and hosts. Under the Act an LHP provides labour to perform work in and as part of a business or undertaking of the host. Work specifically includes (but is not limited to) cleaning, meat work and horticulture. Owner

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Defining Your Employment Relationships is Critical

A recent decision by the NSW Workers Compensation Commission in respect of a widows entitlement to workers compensation for her deceased husband has again considered the issue of when a worker will be considered a contractor vs an employee. However what is important about this case is not so much the indicia of when a

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When Is A Contractor a Contractor?

Here are key indices to consider when deciding if a person you employ is a contractor vs an employee. Thanks to Workplace Bulletin You do or can control and direct the way contracted work is performed. The worker can perform work for others. The worker has a separate place of work and can advertise their

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