A worker who claimed his supervisor's flatulence constituted assault that contributed to his injuries has lost his second bid for $1.8 million in damages, with an appeals court finding, among other things, that his former employer's purported lack of OHS and HR policies was irrelevant.
A journalist's $180,000 post-traumatic stress disorder case, which is likely to transform newsrooms across the country, has detailed steps employers should take to prevent such injuries, including ensuring workers have "immediate" access to employee assistance programs.
A worker's failure to abide by a "rough rule of thumb" in a manual handling document did not amount to him negligently contributing to an injury resulting from his employer's OHS breaches, an appeals court has found.
An employer has been found vicariously liable for a "favoured" employee's s-xual assault of another worker after she collapsed at work, because it failed to take steps to prevent the incident within the meaning of equal opportunity laws.
An employer and a facility operator are equally liable for a worker losing an eye at the facility, with both entities failing to provide equipment to match a new water pump, a superior court has found.
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.