Insights Sectors: Construction

Sep 28, 2017

INSIGHT: Significant $1.3m payout warns employers to take employee bullying complaints seriously

The Supreme Court of Victoria[1] has sent a solemn message to employers to sit up and listen to employees who make complaints of bullying and harassment in the workplace, by awarding damages in excess of $1.3 million to a plaintiff suffering psychiatric and physical injuries because her employer failed to provide a safe working environment. […]

Aug 20, 2014

INSIGHT: Watch out for that last step

The Supreme Court of NSW has found a construction company employer liable for its failure to warn an employee to refrain from standing upon the top rail of a scaffolding structure which was defective in any circumstances but accepted that the scaffolding company did not leave the scaffolding in such a deficient state three days […]

Mar 12, 2014

INSIGHT: Insuring builders: claims by subsequent owners

The landmark Australian High Court decision in 1995 in Bryan v Maloney made builders of residential properties liable to subsequent owners. Since then there has been a number of decisions confining the scope of the decision. In a significant change the NSW Court of Appeal has recently extended its reach beyond dwellings to the owners […]