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All OHS legal cases reported in the Daily Digest are stored in this cases archive. Case reports provide updates on key case law developments relating to OHS in the workplace.
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Sacked for smoking pot: ferry driver wins job back
Author WorkplaceOHS editorial team 24 April 2014
A positive drug test was a valid reason for a ferry master’s dismissal, but it was unfair because there was a lack of evidence of impairment and no one was hurt by his misconduct.
Truck driver awarded $1.4m for back injury
Author Maria Karlsson-Lilas 23 April 2014
The Supreme Court of Queensland has awarded a truck driver $1.4m for spinal injuries she sustained while working at a mine.
Injured worker wins fight for super disability benefits
Author Maria Karlsson-Lilas 22 April 2014
The Supreme Court of NSW has determined an injured labourer was entitled to a total and permanent disablement benefit under his superannuation policy.
Failed to negotiate: woman wins payout for psych injury
Author John Golden 17 April 2014
A Centrelink worker has won compensation for psychological injuries after a tribunal ruled her employer had failed to negotiate with her about roster changes.
Woolies loses appeal: woman's death was work-related
Author James Harkness 16 April 2014
Woolworths has failed to overturn a finding that work-related factors, including excessive hours and significant levels of stress, contributed to a worker’s fatal heart attack.
Author James Harkness 15 April 2014
A company’s failure to take simple and inexpensive steps to address a significant drowning hazard, which it had known about for more than three years, resulted in a worker’s death. Read full article...
Data entry did not cause neck injury
Author Maria Karlsson-Lilas 14 April 2014
The Administrative Appeals Tribunal has agreed with Comcare's decision to refuse a worker's neck injury claims due to a lack of medical evidence.
Payout sets new yardstick for asbestos damages
Author John Golden 11 April 2014
The NSW Dust Diseases Tribunal has awarded a former James Hardie worker suffering from mesothelioma $609,714 — including $350,000 in general damages — a larger sum than any previously awarded in similar cases for general damages.