An employer has been ordered to pay a worker nearly $800,000 in damages for negligently providing him with a faulty vehicle seat and causing his debilitating back injury, with a court rejecting claims that his case was defeated by scientific research.
A coronial inquest has found a major workplace's "grossly deficient" record keeping was the main cause of a worker's asphyxiation death, and referred the actions "or inactions" of the manager allegedly responsible for updating the relevant records to a safety regulator for further investigation.
A worker's exchange with inadequately trained supervisors in the aftermath of a violent altercation aggravated his PTSD from the incident, a court has found in ordering his employer to pay him more than $350,000 in damages.
A high-profile WHS executive told a widow her husband caused his own death through his wilful failure to follow a work method statement, but he didn't tell her his company, John Holland Group Pty Ltd, had identified an urgent need to overhaul the instructions and training provided to workers like her husband, a court has heard.
A worker sacked for misusing pain medication has been given another chance to overturn his dismissal, after arguing it was wrong to presume his employer did not need to take a rehabilitative approach to his case in the absence of an admission of guilt by him.