OH&S Major Incidents

OH&S Major Incidents - Australia

Informed advice on the full spectrum of OHS law

Major incidents occur unexpectedly and present a significant risk to companies across many sectors. Major corporates as well as energy, resources and industrial companies rely on our team to help them prevent or reduce the risk of an incident and to respond effectively if one occurs.

With significant increases in occupational health and safety (OHS) regulation in Australia, there is greater focus than ever on compliance, prevention, risk management and incident management processes. We advise on the full spectrum of OHS laws and incident management, including:

  • Managing legal risks following safety incidents, including taking witness statements, media strategy and liaising with safety regulators
  • Preparing risk management procedures and policies for corporate clients
  • Responding to safety concerns raised by safety investigators and union representatives
  • Acting for clients in prosecutions resulting from a safety incident.

Through robust prevention services and risk management processes, we can help you reduce your insurance premiums and claims management costs, and protect and build your company’s reputation.

Major incident management

In the unfortunate event of a fatality, our workplace safety lawyers will attend regulatory interviews with you, prepare for and appear at any prosecution or coronial inquiries and inquests or Ministerial Inquiry or Commission of Inquiry and assist you with this difficult process. We can also assist you with managing any civil claims that may arise following a major incident.

Our law firm’s OHS expertise has seen us involved in numerous major workplace incidents, investigations, Ministerial Inquiries, Commissions of Inquiry, coronial inquiries and inquests and prosecutions relating to fatalities in our clients’ operations.

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Awareness, compliance and prevention

Our team works with clients to minimise legal risks through proactive awareness and prevention strategies including the provision of customised training, presentations on safety duties to boards and management, developing customised safety polices and on-line compliance tools and providing legal advice on safety issues.

We also advise clients on strategies to deal with potential criminal and civil liabilities at corporate and director levels.

Perhaps more than ever, it is important to keep abreast of legal change and fluctuations in market practice. Our lawyers have their fingers on the pulse and can help you do just that. We work with you to develop and deliver bespoke programmes to develop deeper awareness and instil a culture of OHS compliance right across your business.

Proactive risk management

Our team encourages proactive risk minimisation by working with clients to continually improve their legal compliance processes and management of OHS law risks including by conducting legal compliance audits, due diligence, implementing risk management procedures, reviewing and advising on insurance contracts and advice on regulatory issues.

Spotlight on safety

Our dedicated national team regularly shares their insights into developments related to workplace safety matters in the ‘Spotlight on Safety’ blog.  

We have a full team specialising in this area.

Discover our latest insights into legal issues affecting your business

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17 July 2015

Two draft workplace healthy & safety bills will be introduced by WA Government - the Resource Safety Bill and the Workplace Health Safety Bill.

17 August 2014

National Transport Commission commences the new year with the establishment of 2 new National Regulators in both the Rail and Heavy Vehicle industries.

21 January 2013