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.
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.
Industry associations have agreed to push for tougher sanctions for reckless conduct in the latest step towards a "safety reset" in the hazardous mining sector. Meanwhile, a regulator has warned that respirators are lower order dust controls and often ineffective, even when properly chosen and fitted.