Safety Update: NSW Code of Practice on managing psychosocial hazards at work7 June 2021 | Insurance & Health Law
SafeWork NSW have recently developed a Code of Practice to provide practical guidance on how to manage psychosocial hazards and risks at work. Mental Health awareness has become more prominent and workplaces need to address the importance of valuing psychological health as much as physical health.
Why are damages sofa apart?4 May 2021 | Insurance & Health Law
The Plaintiff alleged that he injured his back whilst moving a large sofa which subsequently led to him suffering a serious psychiatric illness. Although the parties agreed that the Plaintiff was entitled to damages, their respective assessments differed significantly.
Court awards compensation to employee for work-related stress22 April 2021 | Insurance & Health Law
The Court has determined an employee’s aortic dissection and hypertensions, were a result of ongoing work related stress. As such, the Court awarded compensation to the employee for loss of income weekly benefits and related medical expenses.
A Source of Hope Yet a Test of Faith; Can Health Practitioners Conscientiously Object to the COVID-19 Vaccines?18 March 2021 | Insurance & Health Law
AHPRA and the National Boards’ joint position statement on the COVID-19 vaccines strongly implores all health practitioners to be vaccinated during the rollout. For practitioners who have a conscientious objection to the vaccine, we discuss how they are currently permitted to raise this objection,...
Overriding safety results in serious WHS breach15 March 2021 | Insurance & Health Law
A crane company and its director were convicted of breaching the WHS Act by failing to plan for the job and disregarding the crane’s safety features. Despite a recorded conviction, pecuniary penalties were not imposed.
Employee awarded $119,000 after suffering injuries from trying to answer the phone19 January 2021 | Insurance & Health Law
An employee rolled her ankle and injured herself after rushing to answer a phone call during work. It was found the risk of injury was not insignificant, and the employer should have taken precautions to prevent the risk of harm, by purchasing a headset....