Pedestrian Injury Calls for Compensation Review

January 20th, 2015 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

Shared paths in the city of Sydney have become a norm for cyclists and pedestrians, with the number of bicycle users in Sydney increasing significantly year after year, as reported in the Bicycle NSW Sydney Cycling Survey. However, as The Sydney Morning Herald reported, a recent collision between a pedestrian and a cyclist on Sydney’s roads has brought safety and compensation issues relating to bicycle use again under the spotlight.

On an evening in December last year, Emily Greenwood was reportedly struck by a cyclist who did not obey a stop sign at a crossing in Marrickville; she suffered injuries to the tune of $15, 000 in medical treatment costs.… Continue reading »

Jest and Jokes Offend at Golden Globes

January 20th, 2015 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

The annual Golden Globe Awards have come and gone and were a success with guests celebrating the collective achievements of the international film industry. Organised by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), award presenters ranged from this year’s nominees to past Golden Globe winners, while Tina Fey and Amy Poehler provided the opening and closing entertainment.

As The Independent UK reported, the recent alleged North Korean hack into Sony Pictures’ film, The Interview, was made light of, with Amy Poehler introducing the night as a celebration of ”all the movies that North Korea was ok with”. Actress Margaret Cho played the part of “the newest HFPA member” as a representative of the North Korean regime, donning military wear and adopting a strong Asian accent to deliver a series of jokes as an Army General.… Continue reading »

Darting Dilemma

January 20th, 2015 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

Passion for the game traditionally played in pubs across the world brought together professional darts competitors and fans at the two-day 2015 Darts Invitational Challenge held at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium in early January. However, as The Age reported, a violent situation erupted on the final night of the Challenge, as drunken revellers took to throwing chairs, upturning tables and body slamming.

The incident was reportedly sparked when members of the 4, 500 strong spectator crowd began forming a “chair pyramid” in the centre of the arena, surrounding the temporary stage where the two final darts professionals played off the final round.… Continue reading »

A Risky Decision Costa Lot

December 11th, 2014 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

As ABC News reported, Captain Francesco Schettino of the wrecked Costa Concordia ship has defended himself in court this month against charges of abandoning ship and manslaughter, painting a confusing picture of why the disastrous shipwreck occurred in 2012.

In response to questions relating to why he had allowed the massive vessel carrying 4,229 people to detour from the set route, towards rocks that were to cause it to capsize, Schettino’s account in a Tuscan courtroom early this month reportedly laid blame to “everyone but himself”.

Accused of wanting to impress a female passenger Schettino had dined with on the night of the incident, he responded that he had wanted to give all passengers a better view than the set route offered, but it was the helmsman who had steered the Concordia in the ultimately disastrous direction.… Continue reading »

A Tragic Loss of a Cricketing Hero

December 10th, 2014 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

The tragic story of a young Australian sportsman taken too soon while playing the game he lived for struck a particularly strong chord with the nation last month. Tributes for 25 year old batsman Phillip Hughes poured in following news of his death on November 27. His funeral service in Macksville drew a crowd of over 5, 000 people, and was broadcast around the country. In celebrating his life, there have been many reflections on the cause of his death, and how it might have been prevented.

In an injury that has been described as a “horrible fluke” according to ABC News, on Tuesday November 25, Hughes was struck behind the left ear with a short pitched delivery during a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground, and collapsed.… Continue reading »

Turfco Tragedy

December 10th, 2014 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

A young man was tragically killed at a Turfco worksite in southern NSW early this month in a workplace related accident, highlighting the importance of commitment to Workplace Health and Safety responsibilities for us all. As Fox Sports reported, 19 year old Blaine Rozs was using a tractor with a workmate to stack turf, when a vehicle attachment struck him. Paramedics were called to the scene, however he sadly died from crush injuries before help arrived. Having played for the St George Illawarra Dragons Under-20s team, Blaine was considered a “respected and highly regarded” player, and at such a young age, it seems particularly shocking that this accident has removed him from a promising future.… Continue reading »

Risks on the Turf Track

November 4th, 2014 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

A torrid time in horse racing last month saw two fatal jockey falls within a week. As Fairfax reported, 19-year-old Caitlin was an apprentice jockey who was a professional rider in South Australia.  At the time of the incident she was leading a race at Murray Bridge when her horse collapsed, throwing her to the ground.

The young jockey remained in critical condition while she was transported to the Royal Adelaide Hospital, where she died overnight, as reported on the website, ‘Adelaide Now’. At the time of this article a review was being conducted by Thoroughbred Racing SA to determine the causes of the incident.… Continue reading »

Dragon Dreaming Festival

November 4th, 2014 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

A total of 74 people were found in the possession of prohibited drugs such as cannabis, ecstasy, heroin, ice and magic mushrooms at last weekend’s Dragon Dreaming Festival in Wee Jasper, NSW.

This festival is a four day event that allows for attendees to camp out to celebrate art, music nature and the freedom of self-expression. As ABC News reported, 18 NSW police officers and two drugs dogs were monitoring the event with a crowd of 2,500 people in attendance.  For the size of the crowd, police were highly disappointed and concerned for the safety of those at the festival.

In comparison, 29 people out of the 23,000 in attendance at the 2014 Melbourne Big Day Out were found to be in the possession of illegal drugs, as reported by The Age.  The Daily Telegraph have reported that police will begin working with all festival organisers to mitigate the risks for the event in the future.… Continue reading »

Close Call for Barangaroo Construction

November 4th, 2014 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

New findings have revealed that the March fire at Sydney’s Barangaroo construction site could have caused a lot more damage than it did, as an 86-metre crane and concrete blocks came extremely close to collapse. Fairfax reported that Fire and Rescue NSW documents show that supports at the base of the crane were engulfed in flames, while floor temperatures reached 1100 degrees, with the potential to have caused the crane to “rapidly collapse”. Three possible ignition sources were identified in the report which has now been handed over to Workcover NSW for further investigation. The presence of a highly combustible filler on the ground floor and basement levels of the site has been established, despite sufficient ventilation in these areas.… Continue reading »

Adelaide Show Ride Tragedy

October 2nd, 2014 by reliancerisk | Posted in News

Last month the Royal Adelaide Show was the scene of an amusement ride fatality involving an eight year old girl.  On 12 September, the girl fell 10 metres to her death from the Show’s new ride, Airmaxx 360.  In the aftermath, the Show’s Chief Executive Mr John Rothwell was reported by Fairfax as stating  that all rides at the show were subject to daily checks and a national compliance audit by regulatory authorities.  The ride in question was a new addition to the Show, and it had appeared previously at shows in Sydney and Brisbane earlier in the year with no safety-related complications.… Continue reading »