A worker bore the onus of proving his work-related knee injuries caused him to fall at home and dislocate his shoulder, but he failed to discharge his burden of proof, with his inconsistent memory of events suggesting he made them up, a judge has found.
An appeals court has rejected a major employer's claim that an injured worker's previous overtime payments ceased to form part of his compensation when that compensation was stepped down after 13 weeks of incapacity.
The widow of a worker who contracted a rare disorder at work in 1986, and died from a similarly rare condition 30 years later, has been denied $400,000 in death benefits because of a gap in the scientific literature on the link between the conditions.
Two leading universities, including Australia's Monash University, will join forces to investigate how to best support workers diagnosed with silicosis, which now number more than 168 in Queensland alone, the State's Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace has announced.
Psychologically injured workers will no longer need to prove their employment was the "major" cause of their injury, while employers will be able to apologise to injured workers without fear of admitting liability, under a 79-page Bill introduced in Queensland.