Lawson’s Welcome Our Newest Team Member

We are excited to announce that we have welcomed our newest team member Deborah Irving who commenced on Monday 4 September 2017. Debb joins our Claims Management team as a Senior Claims Manager bringing several years experience in workers compensation and self-insurance industry. Debb’s previous role included managing complex, high risk claims from inception to… Read more »

Calculating multiple Section 56 Economic Lump Sum Entitlements

Whilst most Injury Management Practitioners have calculated a Section 56 economic lump sum entitlement, some Practitioners may not have yet calculated a second 56 entitlement under the Return to Work Act 2014 (SA) and may not realise how the Act describes this entitlement to be calculated. Section 56(6) states: 56-Lump sum payments – economic loss (6)… Read more »

Company fined $100,000 following forklift injury

A logistics company supplying supermarket chains has been fined $100,000 after a worker was injured by a forklift. Whilst the incident occurred at a factory in Laverton North, Victoria it raises the importance of ensuring a traffic management system, separating mobile machinery from pedestrians is in place. Hellmann Worldwide Logistics Pty Ltd was convicted and… Read more »

Lawson’s Latest News / Autumn

Welcome to our Autumn edition of our latest news as we are fast approaching the end of the first quarter already! The AFL season has brought back some healthy rivalry in the Lawson’s office with an even split of Crows and Power supporters. Always an interesting morning on Monday’s. As we head into April, the… Read more »

First prison sentence handed down for breach of WHS duty offence

Despite being available to courts for a number of decades, for the first time in any Australian jurisdiction (to Sparke Helmore’s knowledge), an individual has been sentenced to six months’ imprisonment following breaches of WHS duty provisions relating to her involvement in a 2017 workplace fatality. The sentence currently remains the subject of an appeal,… Read more »

Managing contractors in the workplace

Under the WHS Act, a worker is a person who carries out work in any capacity for a PCBU, this includes contractors and sub-contractors. While at work, a contractor must take reasonable care for his or her own health and safety, and take reasonable care that their acts or omissions do not adversely affect the health… Read more »