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 Courts have determined an employee’s aortic dissection and hypertensions, a result of ongoing work related stress. As such, the Courts have awarded compensation to the employee for loss of income weekly benefits and related medical expenses.
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....
Court of Appeal upholds acquittal of company charged with tragic gassing of two newborns1 December 2020 | Insurance & Health Law
On 26 November 2020, the New South Wales Supreme Court of Appeal (Court of Appeal) upheld a decision of the District Court of New South Wales (District Court) that acquit a company of a work health and safety offence when it installed gas lines with an...
Employee drowning occurred just after OHS penalty increases - WA4 September 2020 | Insurance & Health Law
Ryan and Melissa Pty Ltd (R & M) and Badge Constructions (WA) Pty Ltd (Badge) are facing fines totalling up to $4.7 million for the drowning of a plumber at a construction site in Mosman Park, Perth. The background A plumber was working in a trench at...