An injured worker's right to apply in advance to recover future treatment costs is not a stand-alone entitlement excluded from prescribed time limitations, an appeals court has ruled in an important judgment on poorly drafted laws.
A PCBU that exposed a visiting pest controller to the risk of death or serious injury from a fall through a trapdoor has been convicted and fined, in a long-running case that challenged the validity of all WHS prosecutions over a three-year period.
A full bench has found emails sent by an injured worker constituted an application for future compensable surgery, but agreed his claim was blocked by being too vague on the procedure he needed and when.
Laws providing lump sum payments and indefinite weekly benefits to injured workers are likely to be amended in one jurisdiction, with a series of judgments raising concerns over poor drafting and contradictory provisions.
Thousands of asbestos-containing materials are still in place in workplaces and homes and employers that disregard the deadly hazard are being targeted, according to warnings issued for national Asbestos Awareness Week this week. Meanwhile, the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency's functions are likely to be expanded under the recommendations of a statutory review tabled in Parliament today.