An injured worker has been denied the ongoing costs of chiropractic treatments she has received for more than 30 years, after a tribunal found they were passive treatments that did not achieve measurable benefits.
A company that paid a "contractor" an hourly rate could be held liable for his heart attack death, with a tribunal finding the man's past business patterns and work with other companies are not determinative of whether he was a "worker" when he died.
A major employer with previous fatality-related convictions has been fined $160,000 for failing to take the non-burdensome steps required to prevent serious crush injuries. Meanwhile, Queensland has issued a fatality alert, and opened its WHS and return-to-work awards.
Australian and UK workplace experts have identified factors that make workers more likely to initiate safety improvements, a quality they say is more valuable than safety compliance when dealing with unknown, emerging or unanticipated risks.
A company director failed to exercise due diligence to ensure an identified height risk was recorded in weekly risk assessment and safety observation documents, which led to a worker sustaining serious injuries, a court has found.