In this major report, OHS Alert examines all the must-know work health and safety, workers' compensation and work-related COVID-19 developments from the fourth quarter of 2020, with highlights including a series of important legislative changes and near-record WHS fines.
An injury sustained by an on-call worker in his work vehicle in the driveway of his home occurred in the course of his employment, either because he was carrying out his duties or there was a "real and substantial connection" between the employment and his "journey", a judge has ruled.
A worker has lost her bid for compensation for chronic fatigue syndrome allegedly triggered by a viral infection she contracted while posted in India. A tribunal found her condition didn't satisfy the definition of "injury" under a High Court test.
An employer has been ordered to pay $120,000 in damages to an office worker who was injured while running to answer the phone, in a case highlighting the risks posed by systems requiring staff to rush.
OHS Alert is taking a break for a few weeks, and we're leaving you with a list of our most popular articles from the last 12 months - a list dominated by our leading stories on managing the work-related risks of COVID-19, and high-profile court cases.
The Federal Court has rejected a worker's submission that the "generality" of her violence-related psychological injury claim allows her to agitate for entitlements for other ailments without making a new claim.