Shield on liability for subcontractor’s worker holds

Companies that use subcontractors have had their positions bolstered in Queensland after a recent court case, according to a partner at Gadens Lawyers.

Though the case, Vella's Plant Hire Pty Ltd v Mistranch Pty Ltd & Ors, relates to an excavation incident and though the circumstances of the case were in the principal contractor’s favour, David Slatyer of Gadens says the common law principle involved had been strengthened by the Supreme Court of Queensland finding.
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