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Director failed to ensure company utilised WHS resources

A company director who failed to ensure his organisation provided fall prevention measures to height workers has become the third entity to be fined over a five-metre fall, while a regulator has expressed frustration after yet another employer was fined for forklift-related breaches.


"Encompassment" warning issued ahead of WHS changes

The "encompassment" of high-risk work licences under the national model WHS Regulations can lead to situations where hazardous tasks are performed by workers without the necessary training, a special paper on crane licensing has revealed.


Workplace disregard for PTSD exacerbated injuries

A tribunal has found that callous treatment by co-workers in the years following a traumatic workplace incident exacerbated a worker's post-traumatic stress disorder and contributed to her adjustment condition.


Remote-work bid dismissed in anti-vax dispute

A risk and compliance manager's role included safety inspections and many other tasks that needed to be performed at her employer's premises, a commission has heard in rejecting her claim that she should have been permitted to work from home instead of being "forced" to have a COVID-19 vaccine.


Primary contractor bears liability for $1.35m award

A superior court has awarded $1.35 million in damages to an injured labour-hire worker, after finding the head scaffolding contractor at the site where the injury occurred was negligent in failing to provide an exclusion zone or establish a safe system of work.


Inaccurate injury disclosure no bar to compensation

A tribunal has examined laws surrounding wilful or false representations by workers, in awarding compensation to a fly-in-fly-out truck driver with a work-related ankle injury who failed to disclose his previous serious fracture to the same joint.


Massage costs denied in Port Arthur PTSD case

A worker who developed post-traumatic stress disorder after being exposed to the Port Arthur massacre, more than 26 years ago, has been denied the costs of massage treatment, in a judgment examining the reach of injured workers' entitlements to medical expenses.

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