Browsing: Workers' comp decisions (WA)


Scope of safety duty to subcontractors clarified by judge

A court has examined the scope of a principal contractor's safety duties to the employees of subcontractors, in rejecting an injured worker's claim that the principal should have prevented his employer from requiring him to work in cramped spaces.


Safety duties satisfied at "fun" Melbourne Cup function

An employer was not required to embark on a formal risk assessment process for the "light-hearted recreational activities" it organised for a Melbourne Cup event, and could not be held vicariously liable for the alleged injury-causing actions of an employee at the event, a court has found.


$1m-plus asbestos award raises bar for compensation

James Hardie has been ordered to pay for expensive, advanced immunotherapy treatment for a mesothelioma sufferer, in a landmark case setting a "significant precedent" for future damages awards for workplace victims and others.


Hazardous RTW pressure; Lead RTW metrics; and more

  • RTW pressures contribute to work injury;
  • Lag and lead indicators underpin national RTW plan; and
  • Safety guidelines for electrical-asset neighbours made in WA.

Awkward overhead task cements injury claim

An employer has unsuccessfully argued, on appeal, that it isn't liable for a worker's shoulder injuries, which she sustained performing a lifting task she had raised concerns about.


Injured worker wins dispute on 3,200km roundtrip

In an important ruling on seemingly inconsistent provisions on employers' obligations to injured workers, an appeals court has found an assaulted worker is entitled to recover the costs of travelling thousands of kilometres for an impairment assessment, with a view to suing for damages.


Broad injury diagnosis blocks liability bid and appeal

A worker's diagnosis of "soft tissue injury" from a vehicle incident is too broad for his employer to be liable for two subsequent conditions, an appeals court has ruled.


Worker who battled fatigue changes wins injury appeal

A worker has been given a second opportunity to show his employer unreasonably disciplined him for refusing to sign a new fatigue management policy, with a court stressing that mental conditions can be compensable "irrespective of the diagnostic label".

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