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Don’t Get Sued!

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Committee Members, especially those acting voluntarily, are at risk of being held financially and possibly criminally responsible for deaths or injuries that occur within their strata communities.

In 2016, 157 Australians have died in work place incidents and strata communities are not immune from liability.

Unit owners may not realise that as members of a Body Corporate, every owner takes a share of responsibility for the safety of their community.

Body Corporate and Owners Corporation communities with paid employees, such a building manager, are considered to be workplaces by Work Safe Australia and are subject to all of the obligations of a commercial workplace.

But you can protect your investment today in one simple step.

An annual safety assessment report conducted by Star BMS can reduce a Body Corporate/Owners Corporation’s liability in the event of an insurance claim.

Even communities without employees have responsibilities regarding contractors they bring on site including:

  • Conducting reference checks to ensure contractors have a good safety record, and the necessary licences and insurance policies
  • Consult, co-operate and co-ordinate activities with contractors including:
    • advise the contractor of any known risks at the workplace
    • ensure the work is satisfactory and there are no safety concerns
    • discuss and resolve safety issues that may arise, and
  • Ensure every contractor prepares a safe work method statement for all work conducted on common property.

Book a Star BMS comprehensive safety report that will contain a comprehensive list of OHS and public liability risk assessments of common and tenanted areas based on applicable health, safety and environmental legislation, Australian Standards, Codes of Practice and Building Code of Australia (BCA):

The report will include evaluation of:

  • Access & Egress
  • Fire Safety & Emergency
  • Building Maintenance Management System
  • Building Design (operations & maintenance)
  • Indoor air quality
  • Lighting
  • Noise
  • General Electrical Safety
  • Amenities
  • Building Security
  • Contractor OHS&E Management
  • Plant Safety
  • Project Management of Hazardous Building Materials Removal
  • Working at Height Safety
  • Review of Property OHS&E Management System
  • Compiling Property OHS&E Risk Registers
  • Environmental Contamination Assessments
  • Hazardous Substances/Dangerous Goods Reviews (Chemicals Register, MSDSs, Risk assessment, Safe Work Procedures, Labelling, Transport, Storage and Training requirements)
  • Confined Spaces Identification, Risk Assessment & Registers
  • Contractor OHS Management.

Investing in an annual Star BMS safety inspection can also save you money by proactively identifying maintenance issues before they become unforeseen, unbudgeted and costly repairs.
Call the experts at Star BMS today to book a safety inspection for your strata community.

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