A worker who worked for a company for just seven years has been awarded nearly $9,000 in long service leave entitlements because he resigned due to stress and anxiety, a commission has ruled in rejecting the company's claim that he feigned his condition.
A magistrate "impermissibly reasoned backward", and misapplied the reasonable practicability test, when she found an employer guilty of amputation-related safety breaches and fined it nearly $200,000, a superior court has found.
Employers that don't fully understand the circumstances in which they can terminate workers for safety breaches can face serious ramifications, but ensuring workers are properly trained is one of many steps they can take to ensure a decision stands up to scrutiny, a leading safety lawyer says.
There was a "real and substantial connection" between a worker's employment and her car crash injuries because she was travelling to a doctor for work-related purposes when the incident occurred, a commission has found.
In a case involving a charity drive and entry breaches, the Federal Court has rejected a regulator's assertion that workers' subjective "feelings" about how safe their sites are can't justify a stoppage.
A major international study has identified a significant exposure-response relationship between several types of cancer including brain cancer and the hazardous substance lead, which remains prevalent in Australian workplaces.
A principal contractor that failed to act on a union's height-safety warning has been fined $450,000 after a worker was killed, with a court lambasting its director for failing to take personal steps to protect workers.