11 kegs of beer fuelled work explosion and severe burns to apprentice

Canny v Primepower Engineering Pty Ltd [2015] WADC 81

In a Western Australian decision flowing from a session of heavy drinking after work, an apprentice suffered in excess of 60% burns to his body, when placing flammable substances into an old engine.

The insurer denied indemnity to the employer on the basis that they acted in “reckless disregard” for the employee’s safety and breached the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (WA) by providing copious amounts of alcohol over an extended period when the activities were being formulated over several hours.

David Cormack – Brisbane Barrister & Mediator

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