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  • 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.

  • Young workers toolkit accepted not rejected

    The saying ‘a quick game’s a good game’ may work on the footy field but not in health and safety. Nevertheless, it’s an attitude that still features in some workplaces which results in workers, particularly young ones, taking risks or short cuts to get the job done. Not so for one business retailer.

  • Sales assistant awarded damages from a psychological injury as a result of robbery

    A sales assistant suffered a psychological injury as a result of a 'snatch and grab'. The Court found that had a policy been in place requiring ID to be shown for items over $2,000 the snatch and grab would not have occurred.

  • WorkCover successfully appeals extension of limitation period

    Mr Lawson’s knee was injured on 13 April 1999 in the course of pushing a work vehicle to a service station. Mr Lawson alleged the workplace was negligent.

  • Case study: Engineering and construction firm delivers award winning safety improvements

    A bottom up approach to safety and a focus on reducing fatalities and permanently disabling injuries has seen the engineering and construction firm Tenix awarded a National Safety Council of Australia excellence award

  • Employer obliged to conduct inspections to ensure workplace is safe even in the absence of prior incidents

    Covey v State of Queensland [2017] QSC 23, 27 February 2017. The Plaintiff was awarded 1.6m in damages for injuries sustained when she fell at work.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Baker awarded damages after back injury

    Mr Dance was a 44 year old baker who sustained a lower back injury on 1 November 2016, lifting a bowl with mixture weighing approximately 45.2kg. Mr Dance sustained a disc prolapse requiring surgery. Following surgery, Mr Dance obtained alternative employment as a baker earning a higher income than that pre-injury.

  • No damages for highly unusual work event

    The plaintiff was a 25-year-old hospitality worker at the Daydream Island Resort. He suffered unusual injuries in highly unusual circumstances.

  • 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.

  • 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.