Browsing: Manual handling


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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