In an Australian first, the practice of workers' compensation "claim farming" will be banned, under an Amendment Bill that also curtails the impact of a Queensland judgment on benefits for workers with terminal conditions.
An employer took quick and "responsive" steps after a worker complained of not coping with her workload, but its efforts to mitigate her "unattainable" and injury-causing load came too late, a commission has found.
A worker had been awarded nearly $800,000 in damages, after claiming his employer's "just get it done" attitude and failure to send for more personnel to help move a heavy object caused his debilitating back injury.
A commission has overturned a decision to deny special terminal illness benefits to a worker with a dust disease, and criticised the decision maker for applying an arbitrary criteria for the "imminence" of death.
A worker's action in throwing a heavy object at an unlicensed plant operator was not the sole cause of the machine striking and injuring the worker, an appeals court has ruled in ordering the machine's owner to pay him damages.
An appeals court has confirmed a firefighter's "career-ending PTSD", from fighting what is believed to be Australia's worst ever house fire, did not result from any alleged acts of negligence by his employer, including its decision not to rotate crews.