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.
A worker with serious strain and lifting injuries has been awarded $1.3 million in damages, with a court finding his employer, a major joint-venture company, could have prevented the risks through simple precautions, including one involving a $400 spend.
A business owner has been handed a $532,000 injury damages bill, after a superior court found he was vicariously liable for an inexperienced worker incorrectly manipulating a crane's controls and knocking over a colleague.
A maintenance contractor has been ordered to pay a total of nearly $2.4 million in damages to four workers, after its failure to take adequate care when maintaining a component of a lift caused the lift to malfunction and injure the workers.
An employer has been granted leave to challenge a decision allowing an injured worker to pursue damages in a jurisdiction with "unfettered" common law rights, with an appeals court finding the case involved important laws that apply across the country.
A tribunal has accepted a worker's claim that her heavy workload and stressful work environment caused a relapse of her anorexia, but rejected her claim that an associated cognitive impairment diminished her obligation to give her employer timely notice of the injury.
A major employer's duties as the occupier of a premises did not extend to ensuring a specialist contractor, engaged by another company, strictly complied with suitable safe work method statements, an appeals court has confirmed in an important damages case.
One of Australia's largest employers negligently failed to implement a simple system for keeping a floor free from slippery substances, or act on a worker's complaints about the issue, a superior court has ruled.