Please select your state

We will show you information specific to your state.

Home | Blog | Landmark decision for our client

Parker v. BHP

In a landmark decision, the District Court of South Australia has made an award of compensatory and exemplary damages to Turner Freeman client, Peter Parker. Mr Parker was employed at the BHP shipyards at Whyalla during the 1960′s and 1970′s.

Judge Lovell undertook an review of the extensive use of asbestos materials at the shipyards. He also undertook a review of the development of knowledge of asbestos diseases, finding that asbestos was a known danger from the 1930′s onwards.

BHP had sought to argue that they had not breached their duty of care to their employees. The Court rejected this argument, finding that they had failed to take steps to determine the level of exposure to asbestos, or to avoid injury to their workers.

The Court also made, for the first time, and award of exemplary damages under the Dust Diseases Act.

If you have been diagnosed with asbestos disease you may be entitled to claim asbestos disease compensation. Call 13 43 63 and speak to one of our personal injury lawyers for further information.

Contact Us

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Latest News and Blog

Doyle’s Guide awards for 2017

Kacey Wuelfert is the proud receiver of the 2017 Doyle’s Guide awards.Read More

Rio Tinto worker reinstated following flawed HR investigation

Tim Kucera successfully fights to have a sacked employee’s job reinstated.Read More