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Silicosis – it’s been around for ages, so why all the fuss now?

The NSW Government has accelerated its new silicosis exposure standard to commence on 1 July 2020, two years ahead of the nationally agreed start date. The legislative changes make silicosis a notifiable disease, so there is an increased prospect that SafeWork NSW will investigate OHS practices on site.

Given this legislative change and the surge in silicosis claims in the past two years, largely due to Australia’s building boom, silicosis claims are emerging as an issue insurers should monitor to ensure they continue to allocate risk appropriately.

W+K’s Charles Simon, Natalie Bountros and Bridget Carpenter provide an update on this issue and look at ways insurers can manage their exposures to silicosis claims.

To read the full update, click on the download below.


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