Queensland seeks to tighten its workplace health and safety framework following tragedies.

By | August 23rd, 2017|HR/IR, News, Workers Compensation & Insurance|

By Carlen Lowe. Following the workplace tragedy at Eagle Farm Racecourse and the heartbreaking incident at Dreamworld last year, the Palaszczuk Government conducted a review into the current Work Health and Safety (WHS) framework. Under the Work Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017, the government has proposed legislative changes to create a [...]

WorkCover agrees that an injury is not work-related but the claimant seeks review to the Workers’ Compensation Regulator – what now?

By | July 11th, 2017|Litigation, News, Workers Compensation & Insurance|

By Ryan Kennedy Employers often seek our advice about reviews to the Workers’ Compensation Regulator. Often WorkCover will agree with the employer that an injury is not work-related, however the claimant will seek review.  When this happens, the Regulator must decide whether to confirm WorkCover’s decision to reject the claim as being non-work related, or [...]

Trial and Error: Preparing your documents for trial

By | June 12th, 2017|Litigation, News, Workers Compensation & Insurance|

By George Williams “It is a truism, often used in accident cases, that with every day that passes the memory becomes fainter and the imagination becomes more active. For that reason, a witness, however honest, rarely persuades a Judge that his present recollection is preferable to that which was taken down in writing immediately after [...]

Disentangling Factual Causation in Personal Injury Cases

By | June 8th, 2017|Litigation, News, Safety, Workers Compensation & Insurance|

By Georgina Wong Sections 305D(1)(a) and 305D(2) of the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (Qld) Recent Case of Psychiatric Injury from Workplace Assault The Court of Appeal recently upheld an appeal lodged by an employer in The Corporation of the Synod of the Diocese of Brisbane v Greenway [2017] QCA 103 in relation to [...]

A new chapter in the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation (National Injury Insurance Scheme) Amendment Act

By | June 7th, 2017|Litigation, News, Safety, Workers Compensation & Insurance|

By Tristan Higham Much has been lauded about the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation (National Injury Insurance Scheme) Amendment Act 2016 (“the Amendment Act”)[1] and in particular the insertion of section 236B, which in short summary was inserted to reverse the effects of the judgement of Byrne v People Resourcing (Qld) Pty Ltd & Anor [2014] [...]

Five things employers should do following a workplace accident

By | June 1st, 2017|HR/IR, Litigation, Safety, Staff Policies and Processes, Workers Compensation & Insurance|

By Carlen Lowe  “Every action in the present prepare us for the future.” ― Lailah GiftyAkita It is something every employer dreads; a workplace accident which causes injury to one of their employees.  Knowledge and preparedness however will ensure a prompt, appropriate response to these undesirable events. Each incident will be different and an employer’s [...]

5 ways your safety culture could impact the outcome of a common law claim

By | May 31st, 2017|HR/IR, News, Safety, Staff Policies and Processes|

by George Williams Long gone are the days when workers wore sneakers and singlets to work sites, hard hats were optional, and workers could be left in charge of machinery without thorough safety training. Instead you’ll now be hard pressed to find a business or employer that doesn’t have a ‘zero harm’ style safety program [...]

Insights from Medilaw’s Black Lung Disease Seminar

By | April 26th, 2017|Black Lung and Dust Diseases, News|

This morning, some of the BTLawyers team and our clients attended Medilaw’s seminar on the re-emergence of Coal Worker’s Pneumoconiosis (CWP) presented by Dr Peter Trembath.  Dr Trembath provided a detailed overview of recent Queensland developments in this area and potential reasons for the re-emergence of this troublesome disease in Australia. He was also able to [...]

How FIT is your OHS System?

By | February 22nd, 2017|News, Safety|

By Georgina Wong I frequently encounter businesses that are overwhelmed by never-ending obligations to comply with occupational health and safety (OHS) requirements in the workplace.  Whether it be statutory obligations or contractual conditions imposed by business partners, the task of ensuring the OHS system meets these expectations is an ongoing challenge for employers. Unfortunately there [...]

5 ways to save on public liability insurance for contract and labour hire staff

By | January 8th, 2017|News, Public Liability Insurance, Workers Compensation & Insurance|

by Ryan Kennedy No one wants to pay more than they have to for insurance. Yet one cost that is on the rise for many businesses is public liability insurance as employers look for more flexibility to manage the peaks and troughs of business. While it may seem easy for employers to engage external contractors and [...]