Gina Capasso Special Counsel

Gina has longstanding experience in workplace health and safety, industrial relations and employment law and joined KHQ having come from multinational top tier and national firms in Australia.

Gina’s particular expertise includes:

  • workplace health and safety laws throughout Australia
  • advising and assisting clients in managing major (including serious injury and fatal) workplace incidents. She provides support at each stage following a workplace incident, including the investigation phase through to (where relevant) prosecution and coronial inquiry
  • conducting legal compliance reviews and reports, and assisting clients to develop and implement safe work systems, including safety procedures and safety training programs, and
  • providing training to executives, management and staff on workplace health and safety legislation and case law developments, customised for practical application to the client’s business.

Working closely with her clients, Gina provides practical advice and legal representation. She regularly puts on her hi vis, safety boots and hard hat to visit client sites and projects to gain a deeper understanding of their operations. She provides solutions with practical application having regard to imperative business needs and drivers whilst minimising legal risk and protecting her client’s legal position.

Gina’s clients cover a broad range of industries, including construction, manufacturing and distribution, transport and logistics, resources, infrastructure and retail. She regularly appears in state and federal courts and tribunals.  Her enthusiasm and energy for this area of legal practice is evident in the timely and responsive way she supports clients on workplace health and safety matters and the excellent outcomes she achieves for clients.

Contact Gina if you want a specialist workplace health and safety lawyer who will work with you and your team to provide easy to understand, practical legal advice, and who will help you to achieve results for your business that navigates and minimises legal risks.

Recognition

Gina’s expertise has been recognised in The Best Lawyers™ in Australia in both the Occupational Health & Safety and Employee Benefits categories (2017-2020).

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Latest News & Insights

Food manufacturer fined for safety breach


Posted By on 3/12/18 at 9:23 PM

A recent case in the Magistrates Court of Victoria is a timely reminder to check that safety guards are fully operational and to promptly remove faulty machinery from production for repair. What happened? A machine that individually wrapped small cakes and muffins in plastic film was fed the food product by two conveyors to the … Read more

Anti-fatigue monitoring and tracking devices get the tick


Posted By on 16/08/18 at 11:08 AM

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De novo appeals against sentence to be removed


Posted By on 3/08/18 at 7:56 AM

Having acted for corporate accused who have been exposed to the inefficiency and costs of running a plea twice (in the summary and then appellate jurisdiction) on the same evidence, material and submissions, the amendments proposed by the Justice Legislation Amendment (Unlawful Association and Criminal Appeals) Bill 2018 are welcome. Current position An appeal by … Read more

Property owner bears clean up cost


Posted By on 3/07/18 at 11:12 AM

A recent case highlights the importance for property owners in ensuring they are aware of uses of their properties by lessees and take appropriate steps to deal with any residual issues once the lessee decides to move on. Background A holding company in Victoria leased property to a skip bin company that intended to use … Read more

Safety incidents – how to prevent serious injuries in the kitchen


Posted By on 23/04/18 at 2:04 PM

Recent court decisions regarding serious safety incidents involving companies in the food industry are an important reminder of the safety risks and serious injuries that can result from unguarded food machinery and equipment during use, cleaning and maintenance.  In these cases, the companies involved were found to be in breach of their duties under the Occupational … Read more