A recent NSW Court of Appeal decision has examined the very interesting (and vexed ) issue of how the actions of a Principal can create liability, by taking over responsibility for a Contractor’s safety system of work.
In Waco Kwikform Ltd v Perigo and Workers Compensation Nominal Insurer  NSWCA 140, the Court found, in part, that by developing a Safety Work Method Statement, Waco had taken primary responsibility for the safe system of work out of the contractor’s hands.
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Interesting as usual.
It seems that there is no substitute for doing the work upfront as apposed to managing the contract on the fly.
I’ve discussed this with several clients and the response varies from a dumb look to “how dear you tell me how to run my business”.