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Emergency services and OHS law

In Fire, OHS, Rescue on May 31, 2012 at 11:16 am

I have previously written on the application of OHS laws to the emergency services (see my article, ‘Changes to occupational health and safety laws and the impact on volunteers in the emergency services’ (2011) 27(4) Australian Journal of Emergency Management 43-47).   I have made further comment on work health and safety laws, in particular in the UK, following the death of a woman in a disused coal mine.  The fire service refused to rescue her, waiting instead for the specialised police mines rescue team, with the result that she died from ‘survivable’ injuries.  This case has been the subject of earlier commentary on this blog (see Legal confusion leads to unnecessary deathand is now the subject of an article appearing in the latest issue of Crisis Response – see ‘Emergency services and health and safety’ (2012) 8(1) Crisis Response 10-13.

I’ve attached a copy of the article that you can download from here.

Michael Eburn.

31 May 2012.

Eburn, Crisis Response Journal 8.1

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About Darin Sullivan (1968 Articles)
President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union and a professional firefighter with more than 25 years’ experience. Father of two daughters, he lives and works on the NSW South Coast, Australia. He is a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around him. He is a Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and works with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist he has long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. Now a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and has decades of experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. He is passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. Darin is also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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