Tom is a Senior Associate specialising in Work Health and Safety Law (WHS Law) and employment litigation.
Tom regularly advises and appears for both private and public sector clients in relation to WHS Law, including front-end advice, responding to major incidents, defending prosecutions, and internal and external reviews of regulator actions and decisions.
His expertise also includes advising on the WHS and industrial relations schemes created by Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2016 (Cth), dealings with the ABCC and Federal Safety Commissioner, and advising on the engagement and management of contractors.
To complement his experience, Tom has also undertaken a variety of secondments, including to the NSW Police Force, and Westpac Banking Corporation.
Australian Rail Track Corporation Limited
Advising on the $10 billion dollar Inland Rail Project, including a 1700km freight rail line, which will see freight delivered from Melbourne to Brisbane, via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
Advised on one of the first reported external review applications of a SafeWork NSW inspector’s decision relating to Health and Safety Representatives. The decision dealt with untested provisions under the Model WHS Law relating to union provided HSR training.
Acted as lead investigator for a SafeWork NSW investigation following a serious incident involving an African elephant crushing a zookeeper.
Rail Transport Operator
Avised on Comcare investigation following the amputation of a worker’s leg by a piece of moving plant.
Advised on two separate fatal accidents, one double fatal fall from heights and a single fatal accident arising from a mud rush.
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Acted in national review of construction and procurement contracts relating to the WHS Law, including drafting state specific schedules on state and territory WHS and OHS Law, and drafting clauses which practically manage the interaction of these laws with the Commonwealth WHS Law.