A line manager unreasonably contributed to a worker's psychiatric injury by describing a complaint against him as a "serious" allegation of "harassment" in the first minutes of the very first meeting on the issue, an appeals commission has confirmed.
In a judgment highlighting the dangers of sedentary work, a commission has found that being desk-bound with a "slow" computer for seven hours a day substantially contributed to a worker's deep vein thrombosis.
A worker who was fatally attacked by her de facto partner while she was "on call" at home was killed in the course of her employment, a commission president has found in upholding a death benefits award.
A major employer has been blocked from appealing against a ruling that a series of injury-causing meetings didn't satisfy the definition of "performance appraisal" because it was a "vague, continuing, informal process".
An employer has been ordered to pay an injured worker $1.4 million in damages, after a court found it was vicariously liable for the acts of an aggressive and physically abusive manager who believed he was appointed to "kick" subordinates "in the head" after an industry downturn.
In a case examining the safety duties adjacent worksites owe each other, an appeals court has confirmed that an employer isn't liable for one of its workers being shot in the head with a nail from a neighbouring site.
A PCBU has been fined after an inexperienced teenage worker's fingers were amputated, just months after another worker was killed at the same site. Meanwhile, a worker has been awarded nearly $1.4 million after he was seriously injured moving 250kg slabs on his second day on the job.
In an important ruling on "journey" incidents, an appeals court has found a worker's act of phoning his supervisor when he caused a car crash and double fatality didn't create a causal connection between his catastrophic injuries and his employment.
Manufacturers and suppliers accused of failing to disclose the risks posed by their products are facing a national class action from workers exposed to potentially deadly silica dust. Meanwhile, a mesothelioma victim has been awarded damages to cover his preferred, expensive care arrangements.