An employer breached safety Regulations and its duty of care to a worker through its "failure to know" about the broken equipment she needed to use, but it has dodged a damages bill of nearly $700,000.
The High Court has agreed to consider the scope of employers' OHS duties to workers who resist measures aimed at protecting their psychological health, in a case involving a lawyer whose $435,000 award for post-traumatic stress disorder was quashed in November.
A regulator has failed to recover injury payments from a workplace occupier accused of negligently causing the injury, after one of the regulator's inspectors filed a report saying the allegedly unsafe area of the site was in "adequate condition".
Courts should not place an "absolute and unremitting" duty of care on employers to protect the mental health of their employees, a judge has warned in dismissing a psychologically injured worker's negligence claim.
An employer has successfully defended a claim that it negligently provided a dangerously unsuitable ladder to workers, with a court finding it did not leave the ladder in the unsecured position alleged by a worker and a regulator.
A major retail company did not breach its duty to provide a manager with a healthy and safe environment free from harassment when his colleagues and a paid entertainer pressured him to sing and dance at a work conference, a court has ruled.