Employers are required to develop return-to-work plans in consultation with injured workers regardless of the severity of their conditions, a regulator has warned after a company was convicted. Meanwhile, a worker has been handed a suspended prison sentence for workers' comp fraud after dozens of boxes of unused prescription drugs were found in his home.
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.
An employer's mysterious decision to abandon an automated process forced a labour-hire worker to continuously go up and down wet stairs and eventually fall, a superior court has ruled in awarding the worker $890,000 in damages.
Making unwelcomed changes to a worker's roster, which "tipped her over the edge", constituted management action, but she was not excluded from workers' compensation because the change was not the sole or predominant cause of her mental injury, a court has ruled.
In a decision highlighting the risks of ignoring workplace complaints, a worker has been awarded damages after her manager discouraged her from formally complaining about another worker's menacing and s-xual comments.
A worker who nearly drowned has been declared seriously injured and granted permission to sue a major company, whose previous incarnation was fined $600,000 for playing "Russian roulette" with workers' lives.
An appeals court has rejected an employer's claim that a facility maintenance contractor's failure to fix a path that became hazardous during wet weather made the contractor liable for a worker's injuries.
An appeals court has quashed a ruling that an injured worker's weekly benefits must equal or exceed the Federal minimum wage. Another superior court has upheld an employer's appeal against a ruling that a worker was eligible to sue it for damages.