Browsing: Workers' comp decisions (QLD)

TUE
3:27PM

Stern "informal" counselling caused psych injury

A commission has cautioned employers against doing away with procedurally fair processes when managing incidents deemed less than serious, in finding an employer caused a worker's injuries by not giving her a proper opportunity to respond to a complaint involving a police officer.

MON
1:49PM

RTW plan was reasonable, despite perception of flaws

A worker has unsuccessfully claimed her employer unreasonably rejected her "return to work conditions" aimed at protecting her from the "semi-hostile" workplace, making it liable for her psychological injury.

FRI
10:37AM

Worker exposed to excessive vibrations awarded $1.5m

An employer has been ordered to pay nearly $1.5 million in damages to a worker with white finger syndrome, for allowing him to operate machinery with dangerous vibration levels for far more hours per shift than advised by engineers and safety guidelines.

WED
2:12PM

Employer not liable for drunk co-worker's act in unit

An employer is not liable for a worker being urinated on by an intoxicated colleague, but companies do have a safety duty to protect personnel from "unpleasant" interactions in accommodation facilities, a superior court has found.

MON
12:49PM

Hasty redundancy process injured worker

An employer has been found liable for a worker's psych injury because it "blindsided" him with a redundancy meeting shortly after he returned to work from long-term sick leave, during which he was induced to believe his job was secure.

MON
1:45PM

Jail for $270k workers' comp fraud upheld on appeal

A worker jailed for workers' compensation fraud, involving a dog attack and nearly $270,000 in payments, has unsuccessfully argued, on appeal, that his prison sentence was manifestly excessive.

THU
2:15PM

Damages for unsafe-seat injury boosted to nearly $1m

A worker who successfully sued his employer for negligently providing him with a faulty vehicle seat has been awarded an additional $202,708 in damages, with an appeals court finding a trial judge underestimated his likely economic loss from a back injury.

WED
3:54PM

Injury accrual rights confirmed by follow-up judgment

A commission has reaffirmed that workers' compensation payments constitute "pay", as established in a recent important decision on the relationship between workers' comp arrangements and the accrual of annual and sick leave.

FRI
10:37AM

Work spray didn't trigger worker's chemical sensitivity

A court has rejected a worker's claims her employer caused her to develop a debilitating chemical sensitivity syndrome by negligently failing to prevent a common cleaning chemical from being used in her presence.

THU
12:22PM

Employer's mobile-plant failings didn't cause injury: judge

An employer failed to take reasonable care of a worker in allowing unqualified personnel to operate mobile machinery, but was not responsible for the injuries the worker sustained after he threw a heavy object at an inexperienced operator, a court has found.


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