Lack of action by an employer to introduce changes to work methods following a vehicle rollaway incident resulted in catastrophic injuries to one of its workers, who has been awarded nearly $1.6 million in damages.
A company that was convicted and fined over an apprentice's severe electric-shock injuries has been blocked from recovering, from its insurer, any damages and compensation paid to the worker, with an appeals court finding its director was "indifferent to whether any action was taken to prevent" the electrical risk.
Despite the fact that an employer was negligent in the way it managed an injured worker's return-to-work plan, a superior court has confirmed this negligence wasn't the cause of her subsequent anxiety and depressive illness.
The High Court has found a lawyer's tasks were so "inherently and obviously dangerous to the psychiatric health" of employees that her employer, the Victorian Office of Public Prosecutions, had been duty-bound to proactively implement the protective measures identified in its policies.
An employer and its director have been found vicariously liable for the s-xual harassment and assault of a worker. The director had "flicked through" the employer's anti-harassment guidance, but did little else to address the issue, a tribunal found.
An employer that sat on its hands instead of installing a provided ergonomic seat in an injured worker's vehicle, has been ordered to pay the man nearly $1.5 million in damages for aggravating his condition.