In a decision published on 24 August 2016, the High Court of Australia considered elements of the legal test of Reasonably Practicable.
The case, Deal v Father Pius Kodakkathanath  HCA 31, involved a primary school teacher who was using a step ladder to remove papier-mâché displays from a pin board on a classroom wall. During the task, she fell from the stepladder and injured her knee.
Much of the case considered the application of regulations 3.1.1, 3.1.2 and 3.1.3 of the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007 and the concept of “hazardous manual handling task“.
However, the case also provided useful discussion on the concept of Reasonably Practicable.
You can access an update about the case HERE.