An appeals court has upheld a multimillion-dollar damages ruling (with minor variations), confirming a contractor was vicariously liable for a technician's negligent act that caused four workers to sustain injuries in a jolting lift.
An employer's failure to address the obvious risks posed by its "incredibly cluttered" warehouse set off a "catastrophic" sequence of events, and has led to a $5.6 million damages award to an injured worker.
An employer has been ordered to pay $120,000 in damages to an office worker who was injured while running to answer the phone, in a case highlighting the risks posed by systems requiring staff to rush.
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 business owner has been handed a $532,000 injury damages bill, after a superior court found he was vicariously liable for an inexperienced worker incorrectly manipulating a crane's controls and knocking over a colleague.
A maintenance contractor has been ordered to pay a total of nearly $2.4 million in damages to four workers, after its failure to take adequate care when maintaining a component of a lift caused the lift to malfunction and injure the workers.
An employer has been granted leave to challenge a decision allowing an injured worker to pursue damages in a jurisdiction with "unfettered" common law rights, with an appeals court finding the case involved important laws that apply across the country.
A tribunal has accepted a worker's claim that her heavy workload and stressful work environment caused a relapse of her anorexia, but rejected her claim that an associated cognitive impairment diminished her obligation to give her employer timely notice of the injury.
A major employer's duties as the occupier of a premises did not extend to ensuring a specialist contractor, engaged by another company, strictly complied with suitable safe work method statements, an appeals court has confirmed in an important damages case.