Browsing: Manual handling

WED
11:37AM

Additional hours created WHS risks and breached FW Act

The Federal Court has in a rare ruling on reasonable additional hours found there were "obvious risks" in requiring a meat worker to put in 50-hour weeks while using knives and lifting heavy weights.

TUE
2:25PM

System for coordinating trades deemed safe at $1.2b site

A company's safe system for managing space and work clashes between different trades on a major project has helped block a $770,000 injury damages bid, made by a "keen" worker who took it upon himself to remove materials installed by other contractors.

TUE
3:36PM

Common work forces triple risk of shoulder surgery

The risk of workers requiring shoulder surgery can triple from exposure to a common form of workplace exertion, which must be managed, researchers have found.

FRI
12:47PM

Safety regime, surveillance efforts too focused on error

A major employer's "efficient" safety regime was commendable but appeared to be "too keenly attuned to the perception of error", a commission has found in upholding an injured worker's bid for lump sum compensation.

THU
2:31PM

Companies fined $510k over triple fatality, manual lift

Two companies have been fined a total of $510,000 for serious workplace safety breaches, with one of the companies failing to adopt mechanical lifting measures to prevent crush injuries, and the other contributing to a triple road fatality through the inadequate testing and inspection of a vehicle.

WED
3:00PM

Employer told to pay for new hip after science claim fails

A worker is not required to prove to "scientific satisfaction" that his heavy lifting at work caused or contributed to his hip osteoarthritis for his employer to be deemed liable, a tribunal has found.

MON
3:55PM

Allocating heavy work was not bullying

A manager accused of doling out more heavy work to a worker than others, and not helping her with the tasks to the detriment of her physical health, did not bully her within the meaning of industrial relations laws, a commission has found.

MON
1:56PM

Unsafe manual handling demands cost employer $769k

A worker had been awarded nearly $800,000 in damages, after claiming his employer's "just get it done" attitude and failure to send for more personnel to help move a heavy object caused his debilitating back injury.


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