A government department has been fined $200,000 for workplace safety breaches, after a seven-year-old student sustained fatal injuries on a substandard ramp. Meanwhile, PCBUs have been reminded of licensing rules, after a crane overturned.
In one of the first judgments on a controversial compensation provision since the High Court dismissed a regulator's case on the issue, a worker has been permitted to "combine" his impairments from a back injury and a bowel condition.
An injured worker has been ordered to attend medical assessments requested by his employer and a regulator, and to pay them costs for acting unreasonably and making ambiguous claims about future surgery.
The High Court has rejected a regulator's bid to appeal against a ruling allowing an injured worker to "combine" his impairments, and dismissed a PCBU's challenge of its $400,000 fatality fine and conviction.
Injecting synthetic fluids into a worker's injured knee can be considered surgery covered by compensation laws, a tribunal full bench has confirmed in an important ruling on medical definitions and expenses.
Employers' workers' comp premiums will increase significantly, with some companies facing an "annual hit" of hundreds of thousands of dollars, unless the High Court quashes a judgment allowing injured workers to "combine" their impairments, according to a regulator and South Australia's Treasurer.
A PCBU has committed to hiring a "preventative maintenance coordinator" and introducing staff safety bonuses, after a worker's fingertips were amputated. Another company has agreed to spend $361,000 on transitioning to AS/NZS ISO 45001:2018, after a contractor fell through a collapsed floor panel.