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Surgery deemed unreasonable and unsafe, under injury Act, for amputee worker

A high-risk operation described as an injured worker's "only shot at ever walking again" is not a reasonably necessary treatment that his employer must pay for, a commission has found, after hearing the procedure would probably fail and could kill the man.


Death in overseas hotel gym was work-related

A worker's fatal heart attack, while using a hotel gym on an overseas work trip, arose from his employment, a tribunal has ruled in awarding his widow workers' compensation.


Workers overwhelmed by digitisation, need support

Employers digitising their work processes require interventions like "digital pilots" to help workers deal with new technology healthily and without stress, say researchers who found such transitions can overwhelm a significant number of workers.


Age-related safety concerns curtailed by FW provisions

A manager's belief that a 70-year-old job applicant wasn't capable of working safely in a hot environment, because of his age, was "based upon the type of assumptions" that employment laws guard against, a judge has ruled in penalising two companies for discriminating against the worker.


"Passive" jobs linked to significant cognitive decline

A study following nearly 10,000 workers for a quarter of a century has found low mental simulation in a job can have serious long-term impacts on workers' cognitive function, with links to the onset of dementia.


Diligent task planning required for older personnel: study

Employers have been urged to take special care to adapt work tasks for their older employees in physically demanding jobs, after a major European study conclusively showed these workers are far more likely to experience long-term sickness absences.


Tackle the overlooked issue of leg pain in workers

Interventions that reduce workers' musculoskeletal pain, even by small amounts, have the potential to eliminate physical limitations caused by leg pain, which is especially prevalent in older workers, a study of nearly 13,000 workers has found.


Single isolation breaches can be "catastrophic": FWC

In a "very difficult" decision, a commission has upheld the dismissal of a worker, with more than 23 years of service, for wrongly presuming plant he was working on was tagged out and isolated.

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