Sad death of stonemason from silicosis highlights a risk for those using labour hire

Sad death of stonemason from silicosis highlights a risk for those using labour hire

It was reported yesterday that Mr White, a stonemason working on the Gold Coast, passed away from silicosis. In a separate report, his brother has also been diagnosed with the same deadly disease. Under Australia WorkCover legislation all workers are covered through their employers workers’ compensation insurance. As such, employers are somewhat protected. There is a serious problem however where the organisation under which the […]

Read Me

Sharing the knowledge – 2018 Vero Commercial Fire Data Base

Sharing the knowledge – 2018 Vero Commercial Fire Data Base

One of the basic philosophies of LMI Group is to share the knowledge we gain from the many claims we are involved in for the benefit of the insurance industry, business and the wider communities. Of course, there are others within the insurance industry that share this approach and we praise them for their efforts. Adam Matteson from Vero shared with me the Commercial Fire […]

Read Me

A good news story on travel Insurance

A good news story on travel Insurance

I have two posts about travel insurance today. This one is a fun one that highlights the importance of reading the policy that I read from the Stuff site. Ms Donelan Andrews, a high school teacher living in Georgia, US. She purchased a travel policy through a travel insurer I have never heard of, called Tin Leg a subsidiary of Squaremouth. Unlike the vast majority […]

Read Me

Product Recalls Australia – 6 March 2019

Product Recalls Australia – 6 March 2019

This week’s product recalls includes: Maserati Australia — Ghibli & Quattroporte (Petrol) MY2014-2015 Automotive Brands Group Pty Ltd t/as Autopro and Autobarn — Extreme Garage Ratchet Jack Stand Range – 2000kg, 3000kg, 4000kg Kmart Australia Ltd — Anko Wooden Shape Sorting House Soul Fresh — LoBros Organic Lemon Lime and Bitters Kombucha 330mL Taurus Legend Pty Ltd — 5 Ton Hydraulic Bottle Jack Target Australia […]

Read Me

Where insurance can appear unfair and not in the best interests of the consumer

Where insurance can appear unfair and not in the best interests of the consumer

There are a couple of areas of the law that can appear to be unfair to an insured. A recent case has highlighted one. In Globe Church Incorporated v Allianz Australia Insurance Limited & Anor [2019] NSWCA 27 Globe Church argued that time started to accrue when the ISR insurers breached their obligations under the policy by not indemnifying Globe Church and not from the […]

Read Me

Air-conditioner fires on the increase = greater need for smoke detectors in bedrooms

Air-conditioner fires on the increase = greater need for smoke detectors in bedrooms

I was pleased to see that the mainstream media were issuing a warning this morning about the high incidence of air-conditioners. As I reported at the start of the year, the electricity authority in my area advised that they had attended 3 fires caused by air-conditioners on Christmas Day alone. I have been in a room where an old window rattler caught fire but luckily […]

Read Me

Product Recalls Australia – 26 February 2019

Product Recalls Australia – 26 February 2019

This week’s product recalls includes: Targus Australia Pty Limited — APA95AU-50, 45W USB-C PD3.0 Laptop Wall Charger Aldi Stores (a Limited Partnership) — Organic Kombucha Raspberry Lemon 330mL and Lemon Lime & Bitters 330mL, 750mL Bio Living — Nature’s Path Envirokidz Gorilla Munch Cereal 284g BIG W — Christmas Wreath Candle Holder (extended recall) Target Australia Pty Ltd — Target Stick Blender TARHB40S 250W Janssen-Cilag […]

Read Me

Advice if you think your tenant is operating a drug lab

Advice if you think your tenant is operating a drug lab

Further to my recent articles about the risk of illegal drug labs for landlords and future tenants, I thought this article issued by CHU was very sound advice. https://chu.com.au/news/do-you-suspect-your-tenant-is-running-a-drug-lab/

Read Me

Methylamphetamine use drives more illegal Meth labs

Methylamphetamine use drives more illegal Meth labs

Earlier this week, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission released the sixth report of the National Wastewater Drug Monitoring Program providing longer-term insights into drug consumption as the program concludes its second year. Using wastewater data between August 2017 to August 2018, it is estimated that more than 9.6 tonnes of methylamphetamine is consumed in Australia each year, as well as more than 4 tonnes of […]

Read Me

Composite Cladding – An update

Composite Cladding – An update

Today the Victorian Building Authority was informed that CertMark International (“CMI”), a product certification body under the CodeMark Scheme, has withdrawn nine certificates for cladding systems, including aluminium composite panels (ACP) and expanded polystyrene (EPS). The nine withdrawn certificates are: CM40029 Ozone Panel Building Systems CM40066 Alpolic A2 CM40067 Alpolic FR CM40076 Ultrabond FR CM40079 Vitrabond FR CM40082 Dulux Exsulite TM Kooltherm Façade System CM40093 […]

Read Me