A husband and wife have been ordered to pay more than $1 million in damages to a friend who fell from a ladder while working on their roof. A supreme court judge found that while they didn't owe him a duty under work health and safety laws, they were still required to prescribe a safe system of work.
This latest instalment of OHS Alert's long-running quarterly update series, dating back to 2004, outlines all the major safety and workers' compensation developments in every jurisdiction from January, February and March 2016.
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A trial for a $40 million workplace injury damages claim will determine both liability and quantum, as well as overlapping issues like the use of PPE, after a supreme court judge rejected the defendant employers' bid for liability to be decided separately.
A commissioner incorrectly identified a workers' comp dispute as a safety matter, and focused too heavily on his own "experience and observations" when he rejected an injured worker's claim, a supreme court judge has found.
A worker who didn't officially report his back injury until a month after it allegedly occurred failed to notify his employer as soon as practicable, even though he immediately told his manager he'd been involved in an "incident", a tribunal has found.