A model WHS guide has been amended to reflect recent Federal and High Court rulings on entering workplaces to assist health and safety reps. Safe Work Australia has also released new guidance on identifying company officers and their duties, a major fatality report, and safety and workers' comp comparison reports.
A worker who broke her leg after smoking on a workplace rooftop prior to starting a shift was on an "ordinary recess" and is entitled to compensation, because her employer required her to attend work 10 minutes early, an appeals court has ruled.
An employer's degree of control over an employee does not play a specific role when determining if it is liable for an interval injury, a tribunal has highlighted in finding a worker's sport injury was work-related.
A worker whose eye was punctured by a screw has unsuccessfully argued that his employer breached its duty of care in failing to do more than provide safety glasses to mitigate the risk of eye injuries.
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A national tribunal has rejected a "frequently encountered" claim employers adopt to avoid liability for workers' diseases and ailments - that their conditions would have occurred irrespective of their jobs - and found a worker's carpal tunnel syndrome is work-related.