Comcare Files Legal Proceedings Against the Australian Army
Australia (News4us.com) May 05, 2011
Australia’s federal work health and safety regulator Comcare today filed legal proceedings against the Australian Army alleging it had breached its duty of care following the illness of a 15 year old cadet allergic to peanuts.
The cadet suffered breathing difficulties after consuming a hot box meal containing satay and other traces of peanuts during a training camp in September 2009.
Comcare alleges the Commonwealth (ADF) breached federal health and safety laws by failing to take all reasonably practicable steps to protect the cadet with a known food allergy.
The maximum civil penalty for this type of breach is $242,000.
This is the second such action against the ADF arising out of the exposure of Cadets with known food allergies.
In June 2009, the ADF was fined more than $210,000 by the Federal Court following the death of an Army Cadet with known food allergies.
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