A company director breached WHS laws in failing to adopt special "team handling" measures - outlined in a Code of Practice - for a task requiring workers to apply "high force" for more than 30 seconds, a judge has found.
A national tribunal has rejected a "frequently encountered" claim employers adopt to avoid liability for workers' diseases and ailments - that their conditions would have occurred irrespective of their jobs - and found a worker's carpal tunnel syndrome is work-related.
A host employer has been ordered to pay a worker nearly $270,000 in damages for manual handling injuries he sustained after it switched his task to lifting 55kg objects, without training or supervision.
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An employer's mysterious decision to abandon an automated process forced a labour-hire worker to continuously go up and down wet stairs and eventually fall, a superior court has ruled in awarding the worker $890,000 in damages.
By taking manual handling training out of the classroom and conducting it where work is actually performed, a major international company has engaged workers and sparked an ongoing decline in push, pull and lift injuries, its health and safety operations manager says.
An Australian study on musculoskeletal disorders has highlighted the need to educate young workers on correct working postures, including how to manage their "postural variations" with different workstations.
An injured worker did not make a "wilful and false representation" disentitling him to compensation when he circled the wrong answer in one question on his claim form, the Federal Court has confirmed in rejecting an employer's appeal.
Most workers with musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) will visit a physiotherapist at some stage, but physios are also at high risk of MSDs. A new study has identified the measures these experts use to minimise their own risk of injury.