R2A Blog

May 9, 2016
‘Due Diligence’ continues to expand in legislation

The changes set in motion by the 2011 National Model Work Health and Safety legislation are becoming apparent. Designers, owners, operators, regulators and the Courts are beginning to come to terms with the WHS Act’s imposed duties for organisations’ officers to ‘exercise due diligence’ in their safety risk management processes. Due diligence is also a […]

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April 28, 2016
Sustainability Due Diligence

Australian parliaments – supported by decisions of the High Court – have been encouraging the adoption of due diligence as a general concept to be applied throughout Australian society.

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April 11, 2016
Out of the Vault

A recent ABC News article mentions citywide tributes to one of Melbourne’s most famous and controversial sculptures, Vault, more popularly known as the ‘Yellow Peril’. The sculpture was removed from City Square following community and political opposition – Queen Elizabeth is said to have asked if it could be painted "a more agreeable colour" – […]

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March 31, 2016
Tough Times Ahead for the Construction Sector?

The Construction Risk Management Summit organised by Expotrade was held in Melbourne on April 1 and 2, playing host to a diverse range of speakers and messages.

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March 15, 2016
Law as Engineering

A recent book Law as Engineering by English legal academic Professor David Howarth of Cambridge University documents a major change in legal philosophy in the last 10 years or so.  Essentially he notes that these days most (80%+) lawyers do not litigate.  Rather, they design social constructs like contracts, companies and wills to facilitate their […]

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February 15, 2016
When does SFAIRP = ALARP?

The primary reason for the judicial rejection of target levels of risk or safety appears to hinge around the notion of uncertainty. When a risk expert says something is safe because the likelihood of its occurrence is around 1 x10-6 pa or 1 x 10-7 pa, they are really speaking of an inspired guesstimate or […]

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January 18, 2016
ACT WHS Case

One of the first test cases under the model Work Health and Safety legislation occurred in the ACT in 2012. Michael Booth had been retained on an hourly rate basis to deliver road building materials to a small compound. Over the compound were low hanging, energised electrical conductors, which was a known hazard to the […]

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December 16, 2015
2015 The Year in Review

It’s hard to believe that 2014 is coming to a close and 2015 is almost here.  As part of our end of year wrap up, here are some of the highlights that we would like to share with you.

The year started with drinks and canapes to launch the updated version of the 9th edition of the R2A text, Risk & Reliability: Engineering Due Diligence.  The event was well attended by industry colleagues and provided an overview of the general state of affairs in industry.

Richard and I will host a similar event on 10th February 2015 to launch the 10th edition of the text. The 10th edition will include a new chapter on Sustainability Due Diligence as well as expansion of our Project Due Diligence and Safety Due Diligence chapters.

We would love to see you there so pencil the date into your diaries. 

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December 2, 2015
Client and Colleagues Event Details 2016

Gaye and I are pleased to host the next R2A client and colleague event on 9th February 2016. We will be launching our updated 10th edition text as well as discussing the one of the first prosecutions under new nationally harmonised Work Heath & Safety Laws. BRETT MCKIE V MUNIR AL-HASANI & KENOSS CONTRACTORS PTY LTD […]

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November 25, 2015
Hazards Fester whilst Precautions Boil

One of the most interesting aspects of the precautionary approach to safety risk is that innovation is encouraged, whilst with the hazard based approach using tolerable or acceptable risk levels, innovation falters and festers. The reason is simple. Having demonstrated that an acceptable target level of risk or safety has been achieved, annual safety reviews […]

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