Browsing: Workers' comp decisions (National)


Excessive sitting claim dismissed

A tribunal has rejected a worker's claim that he developed a back injury from prolonged workplace sitting. The worker contended his case was supported by his employer's safety documents on sedentary risks, and a failure to provide him with an adjustable desk in a timely manner.


Wilful misrepresentation claim against injury fails

An employer's efforts to block an injured worker's access to compensation irrelevantly "verged on seeking to identify a contribution by [the worker] to his circumstances", a tribunal has ruled.


Parasitic infection found to be work-related

An employer has been found liable for the debilitating complications of a worker's parasitic disease, which he contracted while deployed to a remote area without any training, personal protective equipment or health checks.


Typing the only "culprit" in debilitating forearm pain

A worker's typing duties caused him to develop a chronic pain condition, a tribunal has ruled, despite claims that he did not meet the criteria for such a diagnosis, and the dearth of medical literature linking the condition to his area of work.


Harassed worker entitled to $1.25m, plus SRC benefits

In a case highlighting the potential financial ramifications of workplace harassment and safety incidents, the Federal Court has rejected a bid to recover nearly $700,000 in incapacity payments and medical expenses from an injured worker, who was paid $1.25 million to settle her s-xual harassment and discrimination claims.


Psych claim upheld, air-conditioning claim rejected

A major government employer has been found liable for a worker's psychological injury, after its "messenger" wrongly told him he had been suspended. It was deemed not liable for the man's tinnitus, purportedly caused by the noise of workplace air conditioners.


Surprise feedback visits didn't cause compensable injury

A bank executive with psychological injuries has unsuccessfully claimed: his manager unreasonably conducted unannounced "skip level" meetings to discuss his management style with his staff; and he was treated poorly after being accused of calling a second manager a "hag" at a work trivia night.


Worker injured in building wins "entry and exit" case

In a long-running case, a tribunal has rejected claims that a worker's fall injuries did not arise from his employment because they occurred in a publicly accessible area of his work building, prior to the start of a shift.


Wilful misrepresentation defeats work injury claim

A major government employer has been found not liable for a worker's psychological injuries linked to a customer-aggression emergency, based on her "wilful and false representation" that she had not suffered a similar condition before.

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