A major employer's duties as the occupier of a premises did not extend to ensuring a specialist contractor, engaged by another company, strictly complied with suitable safe work method statements, an appeals court has confirmed in an important damages case.
An elderly man was trapped in a trench and died of hypothermia after a PCBU failed to instruct its workers to ensure they didn't leave worksites without barricading and covering trenches, a court has found in convicting the PCBU.
A PCBU accused of failing to separate pedestrians from mobile plant has become the first entity to be charged with industrial manslaughter under section 34C of the Queensland WHS Act. Its two company directors were charged with reckless conduct.
A coronial inquest into the death of an Australia Post motorcyclist, who was struck by reversing machinery, has made recommendations for reducing public safety hazards around work sites, and highlighted cross-jurisdictional issues that hampered the regulatory response to the incident.
A reality TV contestant recently awarded workers' compensation developed psychological injuries from being placed in a "hostile and adversarial" environment, and her "employer" not protecting her from negative social media comments, a judgment shows.
A major workers' comp Bill amending the test for psychological injuries has passed Queensland Parliament, while Victoria has reported a near record low workplace injury rate, and workers' comp changes have commenced in NSW.
A police officer accused of associating with the mafia, while investigating a high-profile murder, has failed in his Federal Court bid for workers' compensation for mental injuries he incurred from an internal investigation.