A lawyer with a history of burning lawsuits says he’s now suing the owner of a fire station for damages after the station’s owner was charged with a range of offences, including negligence and fraud.
The Burn Injury Lawyers Association says the company that owns the Fire Station at Victoria’s Sunshine Coast has breached its contract and is in breach of a number of laws.
The association’s legal director, Tim Kavanagh, says the owners of the station breached their obligations to its owners and the public by failing to adequately supervise the employees, and failing to maintain a safe working environment.
“The company that is in charge of the fire station failed to comply with its obligations, and I would say that breach is so extensive, it would have been very difficult to foresee that in the future,” he said.
“I think the key here is that they have failed to have a safety culture, a good working environment and a safe and responsible company that operates that type of station.”
The association says the case was a wake-up call for the business, which has been operating since 2004, and has now had a number other cases in the pipeline.
“There’s a number [of other cases] that are ongoing that are coming to court, and it’s quite likely that the number will continue to increase,” Mr Kavanag said.
“I think this is a case that’s going to be very important for the future of the industry.”
The owner of the Fire station, who did not want to be named, said he was aware of the association’s complaints and the issues surrounding the station, but the issues of the safety and the environment are now being investigated by the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.
He said the company had no previous record of safety breaches and had been in business since 2004.
“We’re very, very sorry that the situation happened, but I’m happy that this has been dealt with,” he told ABC News.
“What’s unfortunate is the situation is coming to the point where it’s getting to the stage where we have to take action.”
It’s very unfortunate that it’s coming to that stage now, but it’s something that we have had to deal with.
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