Safety Liability Is Highlighted; Rockhampton Man Sues Employer after Workplace Robbery

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BRISBANE lawyer Mark O'Connor says a Rockhampton man suing his employer after suffering injuries in a workplace robbery has focused renewed attention on employer workplace safety liability.

He said publicity about Glenn Herley, of Rockhampton, who is suing his former employer for more than $850,000 after a robber slashed him in a workplace attack should encourage all employers to check on staff safety protection measures.

His warning comes after a spate of recent armed robberies in Rockhampton.

Mr Herley claims his former employers were negligent and failed to take care of his safety when he was alone in an outside relocatable office when he was attacked by an intruder in August 2009.

Mr O'Connor, a compensation law expert and a director of Brisbane law firm Bennett and Philp Lawyers, said it was not unusual for a worker to sue his employer after a robbery, especially over lax security.

aThere are cases of console operators at servos who have brought claims against their employers after armed robberies of the premises,a Mr Connor said. …