A business operator's ambiguous and incomplete request for assistance with a hazardous task resulted in a worker unstrapping a heavy truck load before it was secured by a crane, and sustaining injuries, a court has found.
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 worker's carpal tunnel syndrome was caused by her employment, a tribunal has found, after rejecting two experts' "restrictive" views on which workplace forces can cause the condition and the occupations that are susceptible it.
Highlighting the flaws in an expert report on job rotation, obtained by an injured worker, has helped two employers successfully challenge a ruling that they breached their duty of care to the worker by requiring her to perform repetitive tasks.
An employer that accused an injured worker of workers' comp fraud has been ordered to pay the man $350,000 in damages, with a judge finding it negligently failed to implement a safe system for a frequently repeated task.
A supermarket giant's store allowed "budgetary considerations to prevail over safety considerations", and negligently caused a worker's manual handling injury by failing to provide enough staff to assist with heavy lifting tasks, a court has found.
More than a third of workers who suffer a work injury will sustain a further injury within a short period of time, according to New Zealand researchers, who say their findings reveal an "important intervention point" for preventing incidents and reducing injury rates.