A psychologically injured worker's dysfunctional relationship with a purportedly messy co-worker, whose constant meetings and phone calls disrupted his work, did not constitute an "action" that barred his access to compensation, an appeals judge has ruled.
Surgical screws and rods aren't "hardware" incidental to an injured worker's proposed back surgery, but compensable "artificial aids" available to him beyond the expiry of his weekly benefits, an appeals commission has found.
A worker suing his host employer after high-pressure fluid pierced his hand has unsuccessfully argued the company should have extended guarding on the relevant pipes and fittings. A court found these claims were retrospective.
An adverse action claim lodged by a worker - who was sacked after seeking stop-bullying orders, and before claiming workers' compensation - isn't barred by Federal provisions prohibiting double-dipping, a judge has ruled.
A site occupier's injury damages bill has been increased significantly to $1.2 million, in an appeals court judgment examining the company's duties to a visiting worker who fell in a four-metre pit covered by a pallet.
The fatal ankle injury a worker sustained after leaving a client's site was not a non-compensable journey injury, given the "overwhelming evidence" showing he planned to continue working remotely on the long train trip back to his office and home town, a commission has ruled.
An employer that negligently failed to identify and remove a slip hazard, which injured a labour-hire apprentice, is entitled to recover the $614,000 damages bill from its public liability insurer, an appeals court has ruled.
A manager's refusal to relocate a worker after she suffered a miscarriage, so she wouldn't be exposed to discussions on pregnancy in the workplace, did not cause a compensable psychological injury, a commission president has confirmed.