There was a "real and substantial connection" between a worker's employment and her car crash injuries because she was travelling to a doctor for work-related purposes when the incident occurred, a commission has found.
An injured worker should have been credited with 120 hours of personal or carer's leave while he was on unpaid leave that culminated in his dismissal, the Fair Work Commission has ruled in rejecting his former employer's "hotel mini-bar" analogy.
The first multi-jurisdictional study of injured Australian workers' claims experiences has found that a negative or neutral experience can have as much impact as poor health on return-to-work outcomes.
In this major report, OHS Alert outlines all the important work health and safety and workers' comp legislative changes made in the second quarter of 2019. We also revisit the most significant court and tribunal rulings and other developments in each jurisdiction.
A major international study has identified a significant exposure-response relationship between several types of cancer including brain cancer and the hazardous substance lead, which remains prevalent in Australian workplaces.
A principal contractor that failed to act on a union's height-safety warning has been fined $450,000 after a worker was killed, with a court lambasting its director for failing to take personal steps to protect workers.
Allowing untrained and unsupervised workers to perform manual tasks in close proximity to unguarded moving machine parts was a "significant departure" from the obligations imposed on employers by WHS legislation, a court has ruled in an amputation case.
A PCBU has been fined after an inexperienced teenage worker's fingers were amputated, just months after another worker was killed at the same site. Meanwhile, a worker has been awarded nearly $1.4 million after he was seriously injured moving 250kg slabs on his second day on the job.