Workers' comp claims agents have taken steps to conceal rather than eliminate unethical practices identified in a damning 2016 report, the Victorian Ombudsman has found. The five agents cherry-pick evidence to reject complex claims and intrusively surveil injured workers "without a shred of evidence to justify it", she found.
One of the first workers to seek orders under Queensland's new anti-bullying jurisdiction has lost her appeal against a finding that she was not bullied at work, and wouldn't be in the foreseeable future.
Laws providing lump sum payments and indefinite weekly benefits to injured workers are likely to be amended in one jurisdiction, with a series of judgments raising concerns over poor drafting and contradictory provisions.
An employer forewent a manufacturer-approved method for performing a high-risk task because of a project's "continually moving timeline", which led to three workers dangling from a collapsed crane jib on the roof of a high-rise building site, a court has found in fining the employer $390,000.
A worker's psych injury from arguing with his supervisor outside the workplace on his day off was work-related, because it was a culmination of a number of hostile interactions between them in the workplace, a commission has found.
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A major employer has committed $364,200 to developing an industry safety standard after a worker's fingers were degloved in a tag-out incident. Meanwhile, an employer has been fined for safety breaches secretly filmed by an employee.