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Worker compensated for injuries sustained at home

Workers' Compensation

In Roberts v Return to Work South Australia (2017), the South Australian Employment Tribunal awarded a former truck driver $17,351 to compensate for an injury he sustained at home, after his employment had been terminated. He successfully argued that it […]

By Portner Press on June 11th, 2019

Injury sustained during work hours was NOT work-related rules AAT

Workers' Compensation

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) has rejected an appeal of a Comcare decision where a worker was denied compensation for an injury she sustained while on a coffee break. The information manager at ACT Health had left her workplace to […]

By Portner Press on June 6th, 2019

Your questions answered: Are we responsible for an injured worker who is no longer employed with us?

Workplace health & safety regulations

Q We recently held a farewell party for a staff member on her last day. At the party, she tripped over and injured herself. We conducted an investigation and I have contacted her to see that she is ok. I […]

By Portner Press on June 6th, 2019

Worker loses compensation claim for ‘unfair’ deadline

Workers' Compensation

A carefully planned and implemented performance management process will support a defence of reasonable management action should your worker claim compensation for a work-related psychological injury. This has been demonstrated in Adam and Comcare (Compensation) (2017), when a Commonwealth Government […]

By Portner Press on June 4th, 2019

Your questions answered: Do ladder rungs need a rating?

Workplace health & safety regulations

Q In circumstances where a person is ascending a vertical ladder, using a full body harness/twin tail lanyard fall arrest system and using the ladder rungs as anchor points, do the ladder rungs have to be rated the same as […]

By Portner Press on June 4th, 2019

Foolhardy worker not entitled to PTSD damages

Workers' Compensation

A security guard who suffered post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after he confronted an armed intruder has lost his claim for damages against three companies. The man was working after hours in a CCTV control room at a shopping centre when […]

By Portner Press on May 23rd, 2019

Your questions answered: Does WHS committee members need extra training?

Workplace health & safety regulations

Q Our construction services company in NSW has just elected its first WHS committee. Do we have to provide anyone with official training to be a part of the WHS committee? The workers are highly trained in their roles for […]

By Portner Press on May 17th, 2019

Your questions answered: Is there a required ratio of workers to health and safety representatives?

Workplace health & safety regulations

Q Are there specific guidelines or legal requirements that relate to the ratio of safety and health representatives to staff numbers in the workplace? If not, how can we ensure there is a sufficient number of representatives? We are based […]

By Portner Press on May 14th, 2019

Your questions answered: What obligations do we have to manage children in the workplace?

Workplace health & safety regulations

Q We allow children of staff to be at our school during school holidays – but only when their parents are here. Should we allow these children to play on the playground equipment, use sporting facilities, etc., unsupervised? We are […]

By Portner Press on May 10th, 2019

Your questions answered: Are we required to report asbestos to regulators?

Workplace health & safety regulations

Q What do we have to report to regulators about asbestos (both friable and non-friable) at our workplace? I have been told by some people that sites containing a minimum of 10 square metres of bonded asbestos have to be […]

By Portner Press on April 30th, 2019