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Decision highlights importance of thoroughly briefing staff - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Decision highlights importance of thoroughly briefing staff

Digby v The Compass Institute Inc and Anor 30 October 2015 [QSC 308]
This decision highlights the importance of properly briefing staff. Read more...

Decision explores duty of care and psychiatric injury - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Decision explores duty of care and psychiatric injury

Palmer & Ors v State of Queensland 27 March 2015
This judgement analyses what employee actions can be classified as being within the course of employment and shows that, if an internal investigation process is followed by an employer, there is no special duty of care owed to minimise the risk of psychiatric injury to employees being investigated. Read more...

Evidence and symptoms must support damages claim - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Evidence and symptoms must support damages claim

Bawden v Proserprine Cooperative Sugar Milling Association Ltd 9 April 2015 [QDC 205]
This case highlights that in the case of a psychiatric injury, that evidence and symptoms must support the damages claim. Read more...

No breach of duty where cleaning system enforced - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

No breach of duty where cleaning system enforced

Scott v Jackson Garden Landscape Supplies Pty Ltd 17 February 2015
This decision highlights the importance of an employer not only having in place a system of work, but also maintaining and enforcing that system to guard against risk of injury. Read more...

Causation is key  - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Causation is key

Cahill v Bowden 3 February 2015
This case is a reminder of the importance of proving the causal link between the damage suffered and the alleged negligence of the defendant. It is not enough to show there was an act or omission by an employer and that there was injury. The act or omission must have caused or materially contributed to the injury.  Read more...

The bouncer and the wedding guest - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

The bouncer and the wedding guest

Baillie v Donald Wayne Jackson & Victoria Point Sharks Sporting Club Inc [2015] QDC 20 February 2015
This case highlights that it is not sufficient for a worker to show the employer has been negligent. It is necessary to show that the negligence caused the incident in which the worker was injured. Read more...

Employer's duty of care is not absolute - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Employer's duty of care is not absolute

Baker v Prescare (Corinda) [2014] QDC 159 31 July 2014
This case highlights that while an employer's duty of care is onerous, it is not absolute. Read more...

High duty of care on employers extends to one-off simple tasks - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

High duty of care on employers extends to one-off simple tasks

Witherington v Lev’s Fabrications Pty Ltd [2014] QDC 266 21 November 2014
This case highlights the high duty of care placed on employers to provide workers with a safe place of work, safe systems of work, appropriate training and to assess the risk involved in all aspects of an employee’s work. Read more...

Considering genuine occupational requirements - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Considering genuine occupational requirements

Chivers v State of Queensland (Queensland Health) [2014]QCA 141 13 June 2014 The Queensland Court of Appeal recently handed down a decision which helps to clarify employers’ responsibilities in considering whether a particular requirement of a position is a genuine occupational requirement, or, whether adjustments should be made to meet the needs of an employee with an impairment or disability. Read more...

Evidence does not support damages claim - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Evidence does not support damages claim

Lewis v Greenmountain Food Processing Pty Ltd 6 June 2014 A Brisbane judge rules against labourer’s claims for damages for personal injuries suffered in the course of his employment at a meat processing plant due to conflicting evidence. Read more...

Clarity for employers on social work functions - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Clarity for employers on social work functions

ALH v Simon Blackwood (the Regulator) [2014] QIRC 105 13 June 2014 The recent decision from the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission provides further clarity for employers in determining applications for compensation for injuries sustained at social work functions. Read more...

All known injuries need to be the subject of assessment - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

All known injuries need to be the subject of assessment

Costello v Queensland Rail [2014] QSC 83 16 May 2014 This case provides an analysis of the rights of an individual to damages separate and distinct from their rights under the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003. Read more...

Employer not negligent in crane road accident - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Employer not negligent in crane road accident

Millard v RI-CO (2004) Pty Limited (In liquidation) [2014] QSC 15 April 2014
An employer was found not to be negligent in its duty of care after a worker was injured driving a crane on a public road without permission. Read more...

Damages awarded for physical and psychological injury - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Damages awarded for physical and psychological injury

Harris v State of Queensland [2014] QDC 35 28 February 2014
Liability was admitted by the employer, but a psychiatric injury, which arose after the physical workplace injury, led to the trial to judge the amount of damages. Read more...

Damages awarded to former mining employee - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Damages awarded to former mining employee

Martin v Golding Contractors Pty Ltd [2014] QSC 053 27 March 2014
In this case, while liability was admitted, the amount of damages was in dispute. Read more...

Future earnings capacity debated - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Future earnings capacity debated

Simmons v Wanless & another [2014] QDC 13 February 2014
In this case, liability was not disputed, but the issue that was contested was the extent of the worker’s future earnings capacity. Read more...

Employer obligated to properly instruct and warn employees - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Employer obligated to properly instruct and warn employees

Munro v State of Queensland [2014] QDC 003 10 January 2014
A Registered Nurse at the Logan Hospital Psychiatric Unit stepped backwards and fell during Aggressive Behaviour Management Training. Read more...

Injury due to an unsafe system of work - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Injury due to an unsafe system of work

Constance v Bush Services Pty Ltd [2013] 24 June 2013
The Court expects employers to take all reasonable precautions to implement and maintain a safe system of work to ensure that workers are not injured while at work. Read more...

Employer has duty to provide task rotation  - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Employer has duty to provide task rotation

Ataera v Thomas Borthwick [2013] 20 December 2013
A doctor stated that had risk management been performed diligently it is entirely likely that the plaintiff would not have sustained injury. Read more...

Employer not negligent in worker injury  - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Employer not negligent in worker injury

Campbell v Galaxy Plumbing [2013] QSC 315 18 November 2013
There was no evidence that the task was so physically demanding that it could not be performed by one man who was also carrying out a variety of other jobs. The employer’s failure to provide more labourers was not negligent. Read more...

Relationship between two separate injuries - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Relationship between two separate injuries

Hartin v Rigel Constructions Pty Ltd [2013] QSC 320 21 November 2013
The case turned upon the extent to which the first incident caused the derangement of the vertebral disc, and the relationship between the injury sustained in the first and second incident, and the loss and damage caused by the first incident. Read more...

Warning could have prevented injury - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Warning could have prevented injury

Fetu v Northern Iron and Brass Foundry [2013] QDC 330
Worker suffered a shoulder injury when he was working in a primer booth as a spray painter. Read more...

Liability admitted but future economic loss disputed - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Liability admitted but future economic loss disputed

Haden v Smith's Snackfood Company Ltd [2013] QMC 1 11 February 2013
The plaintiff won in the Magistrates Court, but the decision was successfully appealed due to an incorrect calculation of damages. Read more...

No alternative system established - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

No alternative system established

Williams v Riviera Marine [2013] QDC 306
The worker suffered a shoulder injury while working on wiring in a small locker onboard a boat. Read more...

More rigorous system not required - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

More rigorous system not required

Morton v Ivor Fritz Removals [2013] QDC 293
Worker injured his knee when he was moving furniture. Read more...

Plaintiff acted contrary to training - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Plaintiff acted contrary to training

Evans v State of Queensland [2013] QDC 277
A police officer suffered a nose, wrist and psychiatric injury when she was struck by an offender while attempting to extract his car keys from a car. Read more...

Employer found not negligent in security - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Employer found not negligent in security

Karanfilov v MSS Security & Ors [2013] QSC 304
Injured worker suffered post-traumatic stress disorder when he was working as a security guard. Read more...

Liability for back pain after injury - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Liability for back pain after injury

Snell v BP Refiner (Bulwer Island) [2013] QSC 284 14 October 2013
Worker sustained an injury when he fell into a trench. Read more...

Patient care plan not clearly communicated - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Patient care plan not clearly communicated

Anderson v Lutheran Church of Australia [2013]
Worker was injured when she was helping a patient use the toilet at a nursing home. Read more...

Judgement of breach of duty of care overturned on appeal - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Judgement of breach of duty of care overturned on appeal

Larkin v Suncorp Staff Pty Ltd [2013] QDC 028 Samios DCJ
A judgement ruling an employer breached its of duty of care was overturned on Appeal when it was noted that there was a low probability that an accident would occur and the resulting injuries would be minimal. Read more...

No proper system of inspection - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

No proper system of inspection

Gilmour v State of Queensland [2013] QDC 199 6 September 2013
If a proper inspection had occured it would have identified the risk in time for it to be repaired. Read more...

No reason to anticipate misconduct might be dangerous - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

No reason to anticipate misconduct might be dangerous

Pols v AME Products [2013] QDC 190 19 August 2013
There was no reason to anticipate misconduct might be dangerous to other employees. Read more...

Not foreseeable for racial joking to cause psychiatric condition - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Not foreseeable for racial joking to cause psychiatric condition

Guorgi v Pipemakers Australia [2013] QSC 198 9 August 2013
It wasn’t reasonably foreseeable that the worker would suffer a psychiatric condition as a result of racial jokes. Read more...

Hospital found not negligent - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Hospital found not negligent

Hyde v State of Queensland [2013] QDC 268 24 October 2013 The plaintiff failed to establish any negligence or breach of contractual obligation on the part of the defendant, in the case of an angina episode relating to a pre-existing condition. Read more...

Industry standard equipment not enough to satisfy duty of care - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Industry standard equipment not enough to satisfy duty of care

Thompson v Cranetrans Pty Ltd [2013] QSC 250 23 September 2013
Where equipment is provided which accords with industry standard, that does not necessarily mean that the employer’s conduct has met a standard of reasonable care. Read more...

Plaintiff’s failure to establish causation and onus of proof - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Plaintiff’s failure to establish causation and onus of proof

Claire Hammond v Cerebral Palsy of League Queensland M172/12 11 September 2013
This case highlights that even though an employer may have breached their duty of care, the onus is on the worker to prove that the breach was a material cause of the harm suffered by the worker. Read more...

No foreseeable risk of injury - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

No foreseeable risk of injury

Love v Lindsays Bros Management Pty Ltd [2013] QDC 174 30 August 2013
This case demonstrates an assault would not have been prevented by any steps the employer might have taken, and there was no foreseeable risk of injury. Read more...

Employers need to enforce workers to wear PPE - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Employers need to enforce workers to wear PPE

Tomkins v Kemp Meats Pty Ltd [2013] QDC 184 17 July 2013
For employers, the case serves as an important reminder on the need to enforce the requirement for workers to wear personal protective equipment. Read more...

Injury of an employee due to an unsafe system of work - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Injury of an employee due to an unsafe system of work

Anderson v AWWW Pty Ltd [2013] QDC155 12 July 2013
The Court expects employers to implement and enforce a safe system of work to ensure that workers are not injured while at work. Read more...

The Reasonable Foreseeability Threshold - unfortunate accidents can happen - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

The Reasonable Foreseeability Threshold - unfortunate accidents can happen

Micallef v Endeavour Foundation [2013] QDC 142, 28 June 2013
WorkCover Queensland was recently successful in defending a matter for Endeavour Foundation in the District Court Decision of Micallef v Endeavour Foundation [2013] QDC 142. Read more...

Injury of an Employee due to an unsafe system of work - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Injury of an Employee due to an unsafe system of work

Russell v Hancock Farm Company Pty Ltd [2013] QDC 129, 14 June 2013
The system of work used was unsafe and a breach of the employer’s duty of care. Even though other employees used the system without incident, it does not mean that an employer does not need to take precautions when an injury is foreseeable. Read more...

Judge to decide what is matter of fact - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Judge to decide what is matter of fact

Timothy James Klein v SBD Services Pty Ltd [2013] QSC 134, 30 May 2013
This case demonstrates the importance of record keeping and accurate reporting of injuries. If documentation is lacking, it will ultimately fall to the Judge to decide on a matter of fact. Read more...

Employer not liable for worker failing to keep look out - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Employer not liable for worker failing to keep look out

Pershouse v Sirius Observatories Australia [2013] QDC, 9 May 2013
The Court was satisfied that there was no duty upon the employer to protect the worker from a risk that would have been reasonably foreseen by the worker. Read more...

The onerous obligation on an employer to instruct and warn - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

The onerous obligation on an employer to instruct and warn

Weaver v Endeavour Foundation [2013] QSC 93, 12 April 2013
This judgment effectively imposes a standard akin to perfection on an employer and goes to the scope of an employer’s duty of care generally. The employer was found liable for doing its very best to train staff to minimise foreseeable risks of injury in the workplace. Read more...

Failure to establish negligence - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Failure to establish negligence

Schonell v Laspina, Trabucco & Co Pty Ltd [2013] QSC 90, 11 April 2013
This case looked at the principle that when considering what reasonable measures employers should adopt to avoid a foreseeable risk of injury, the test should not be considered with the benefit of hindsight, but rather looking forward to identify what response should have been made. Read more...

No obligation to warn of obvious risk - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

No obligation to warn of obvious risk

Heywood v Commercial Electrical Pty Ltd [2013] QSC 52, 11 March 2013
The duty imposed on employers is to take reasonable care to avoid injury to workers. An employer does not have an obligation to avoid all risks by all reasonably affordable means. The obviousness of the risk and a reasonable expectation that workers will take care of their own safety must be taken into account. Read more...

Credibility of the worker was important in determining the extent of the injury - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Credibility of the worker was important in determining the extent of the injury

Richard Craig Adam v Skilled Group Limited and Anor [2013] QSC 7, 8 February 2013
While credibility issues on their own are not always compelling, the combination of them can cause considerable concern. Read more...

A question of requirement - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

A question of requirement

Drummond v Gunne Constructions [2013] QDC 043, 22/03/2013
While there was no dispute that the injury event occurred, this trial was about whether the employer knew and required the worker to perform this task. Read more...

Conflicting versions of events - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Conflicting versions of events

Arnold v Tilecorp Pty Ltd [2012] QSC 321, 25 October 2012
This case was determined according to issues of credit, with His Honour preferring the employer’s evidence over that of the worker’s as to the system of work he was undertaking at the time. The matter proceeded in relation to both liability and quantum. Read more...

Credibility suffers from highly inflated claim - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Credibility suffers from highly inflated claim

Test v Forgacs Engineering Pty Ltd [2012] QDC 318, 24 October 2012
This case was decided on credibility, where the evidence of the defendant’s witnesses was preferred to that of the Plaintiff. Read more...

Accident not caused by failures - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Accident not caused by failures

Wolters v The University of the Sunshine Coast [2012] QSC 298, 5 October 2012
This is another case where the legal term of causation has been examined. The court found the employer breached its duty at common law and in contract by failing to adequately manage the behaviour of the supervisor following the event with the previous worker. However, the court held that the breach did not cause the claimant's loss, as it could not find that any action by the employer would have prevented the supervisor's actions on the day. Read more...

Worker's fall did not cause consequential symptoms - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Worker's fall did not cause consequential symptoms

Beardmore v Crown Equipment Pty Ltd [2012] QDC, 3 October 2012
This is a case where the court found there was a fall at work, there was negligence but the fall did not cause consequential symptoms. Read more...

Discharging duty of care - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Discharging duty of care

Caine v Bunnings Group Limited [2012] QDC, 4 September 2012
This is a case where the court found that the employer had discharged its duty of care by providing an adequate system of work, training and instruction. Read more...

Credibility of witness statements - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Credibility of witness statements

Tep v ATS Australasian Technical Services Pty Ltd [2012] QSC, 7 September 2012
This case was decided on credibility where his honour preferred the evidence of the defendant’s witnesses to that of the workers as to how the event occurred. Read more...

Was a breach in duty of care the cause of harm? - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Was a breach in duty of care the cause of harm?

Carswell v Corporation of the Trustees of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane [2012] QSC, 7 September 2012
This case highlights that even though an employer may have breached their duty of care, the onus is on the worker to prove that the breach was a material cause of the harm suffered by the worker. Read more...

A foreseeable risk - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

A foreseeable risk

Schmidt v S J Sanders Pty Ltd, 22 June 2012
This case highlights the need that even experienced truck drivers need to be specifically trained in egress and access of trucks due to the foreseeable risk of slipping off a truck step. Read more...

Onus of proof - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Onus of proof

Marshall v Queensland Rehabilitation Services Pty Ltd, 19 June 2012
Claimant’s will find it difficult to prove negligence against Employers who clearly document staff training, daily interactions and enforce safe systems of work. Read more...

Chronic pre-existing injuries and their effect on damages - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Chronic pre-existing injuries and their effect on damages

Phillips v MCG Group Pty Ltd, 8 June 2012
A worker suffered from a debilitating pre-existing injury but managed a spasmodic but relatively unrestricted working life. When the worker suffered a further workplace injury that rendered him incapable of further employment, the question posed to the court was as to how much of his future economic loss could be attributed to the employer. Read more...

Mandatory participation results in damages paid - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Mandatory participation results in damages paid

Bagiante v Bunnings Group Limited. [2012] QSC, 31 May 2012
Employers should take care when arranging team events and participation in these activities should be on a voluntary basis. Read more...

Initial reporting of injury of vital importance - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Initial reporting of injury of vital importance

Apolloni v Traffic Technologies Management Division Pty Ltd, 20 March 2012
This case clearly demonstrates the value of contemporaneous recording of injury details in diary notes, incident reports and applications for compensation. In this case the importance of the recording was as to the time of the injury but this could equally apply to the description of the cause of the injury. Read more...

Employer not liable for co-worker assault - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Employer not liable for co-worker assault

Serra v Couran Cove Management P/L, 30 May 2012
This case demonstrates that an employer will not necessarily be liable for a worker’s injuries as a result of a criminal assault by a co-worker. Read more...

Instructions: a direction or mere request? - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Instructions: a direction or mere request?

Vella’s Plant Hire Pty Ltd v Mistranch Pty Ltd & Ors, 29 March 2012
This case highlights the question that needs to be asked in matters where directions are being received from the principal contractor. That is, whether an instruction from a Principal is a mere “request” or is conduct amounting to direction and control of how the work is to be carried out. Read more...

Impact of injury on Economic Loss - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Impact of injury on Economic Loss

Judge v RH Grey & Son Pty Ltd & Ors [2012] QDC 33
This case demonstrates the impact an injury can have on a worker’s ability to earn income over their working life. Read more...

Injury attributable to pre-existing back disease - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Injury attributable to pre-existing back disease

Geary v REJV Services Pty Ltd & Ors [2011] QSC
This case emphasises the importance of gathering past medical information to establish the extent of symptoms suffered due to pre-existing degeneration prior to the work event. Read more...

Surveillance and other related issues of credibility  - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Surveillance and other related issues of credibility

Barker v Casco Australia Pty Ltd, 07 October 2011
This case study clearly demonstrates the importance of achieving a return to work outcome and that surveillance and other related issues of credibility are subject to the opinion formed by a Court and can be critical in determining the outcome of a quantum only trial. Read more...

A question of credibility - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

A question of credibility

Hannah v Barellan Bobcat Hire Pty Ltd, 24 August 2011
Liability will be determined on the facts that are accepted by the Court, and the credibility of the parties is critical in making this determination. Read more...

Psychological injuries in the workplace - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Psychological injuries in the workplace

Lusk & Anor v Sapwell, 1 April 2011
Employers only have to address risks in the workplace that are reasonably likely, while a worker must prove that the employer's breach of duty of care caused their injury. Read more...

Risk of injury for manual handling - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Risk of injury for manual handling

Griffiths v State of Queensland, 1 April 2011
A risk assessment is still required when an issue comes within the employer's knowledge, either formally or informally, even when the risk of injury may not appear very significant. Read more...

Damages for care and assistance - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Damages for care and assistance

Koven v Hail Creek Coal Pty Ltd, 25 March 2011
Full damages for care and assistance can be awarded where paid care and assistance was provided even just once between the date of injury and trial, despite being provided gratuitously/for free on all other occasions. Read more...

Prior injuries and future economic loss - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Prior injuries and future economic loss

Symons v The Haggarty Group Pty Ltd, 23 March 2011
This case study highlights how the court may consider if there was a reasonable way the employer could have avoided the risk of injury, and how this may affect the outcome. Read more...

Basic task results in negligence - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Basic task results in negligence

Taylor v Invitro Technologies Pty Ltd, 15 March 2011
This case study talks about how an employer needs to carefully consider complaints made by employees and respond to them in an appropriate way. Read more...

Future economic loss based on post injury income - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Future economic loss based on post injury income

Kirchner v ITT Water, 5 November 2010
This case study demonstrates a Court may use post injury income to assess future economic loss Read more...

Previous employment influence - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Previous employment influence

Husband v Hikari Pty Ltd, 22 October 2010
This case study shows that a Judge may award damages despite having a pre-existing injury, and future economic loss may be awarded based on income from previous short-term employment. Read more...

Future economic loss and paid services past retirement age - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Future economic loss and paid services past retirement age

Cameron v Foster & Lahey T/AS GF Hills Removals & Mini Storage, 29 September 2011
This case study highlights how a Court may rule future economic loss allowances to workers past the age of retirement and make allowances for future paid services that were provided gratuitously by family members. Read more...

General induction not enough - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

General induction not enough

Brunker v Consolidated Meat Group, 29 August 2010
This case study is about a slicer employed at a Rockhampton meatworks that demonstrates employers must give task specific instructions and directions and must provide more than a 'general induction'. Read more...

Employer not negligent for trivial accident - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Employer not negligent for trivial accident

Chapman ATS University of Southern Queensland Student Guild, 12 August 2010
Manual handling case study where a cleaner was injured performing additional duties. This case study demonstrates an employer will not necessarily be found negligent for a trivial workplace incident. Read more...

Verbal warning not enough - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Verbal warning not enough

Samways v WorkCover Queensland & Ors, 28 April 2010
This case study shows that a verbal warning is not sufficient action if there is a reasonable way to isolate a risk and the plaintiff can be liable for contributory negligence Read more...

Third parties to provide insurance  - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Third parties to provide insurance

Hodge v CSR Limited, 2 February 2010
Third parties may have to provide insurance for employees when it can be shown the injury was caused by a change to the system of work that could not be detected on inspection of the premises prior to injury by the employer. Read more...

Damages awarded despite lie about pre-existing symptoms  - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Damages awarded despite lie about pre-existing symptoms

Luck v Civil Mining and Construction Pty Ltd, 16 December 2009
This case study discusses how a Court may find that a worker who has lied about their pre-existing symptoms, sustained serious injuries from previous non-work related events, or has credit issues, can still award damages. Read more...

Employers must provide safe work system - WorkCover Queensland Case Studies

Employers must provide safe work system

Caird v State of Queensland, 30 July 2004
Negligence in enforcing a safe system of work can result in substantial compensation, regardless of the significant long term effects. An abattoir case study. Read more...

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