Sprains and strains a pain for everyone

ACCORDING to WorkCover Queensland and Workplace Health and Safety, “sprains and strains account for more than 60 per cent of non-fatal workers’ compensation claims. “The two most common causes are hazardous manual tasks and slips, trips and falls at levels.” This clearly represents a significant portion of workplace injuries and an area that Workplace Health and Safety has identified as … Read More

Walker PenderSprains and strains a pain for everyone

Sounding the horn on rules of the road

IT IS a common occurrence – sounding the horn in a motor vehicle when you arrive at or leave someone’s house. Did you ever stop to think about whether or not you may be breaking the law by engaging in this (seemingly) socially accepted practice? Queensland’s road rules are set out in the Transport Operations (Road Use Management – Road … Read More

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Managing risks of hazardous chemicals

The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (“Act”) sets out some key duties and includes addressing risks of injury, illness or death caused by hazardous chemicals. Many work places are home to hazardous chemicals. In the past year I know of at least two incidents involving injuries caused by exposure to chemicals in a work place that resulted in the … Read More

Walker PenderManaging risks of hazardous chemicals

Comply with VOI or risk penalty

THERE were changes to the Land Title Act 1994 (“LTA”) and Land Act 1994 (“LA”) recently increasing verification of identity (“VOI”) requirements for the witnessing of signatures on instruments and documents. The changes came into effect on September 30, 2019. The specific witnessing requirements are in section 162 of the LTA and 311 of the LA, including VOI records now … Read More

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Private conversations and who may record them

CAN you record a private conversation? Interestingly, whether or not it is illegal to record a private conversation depends on the legislation governing that topic. The legislation is different in each state and territory. Here in Queensland the relevant legislation is called the Invasion of Privacy Act 1971 (“Act”). The Act tells us that, if you are party to a … Read More

Walker PenderPrivate conversations and who may record them