Alcoholism Caused by Managing Workers’ Comp Claims

12 September 2017

A former general manager has recently been awarded compensation for brain damage and other workplace injuries, after he self-medicated with alcohol in order to deal with the stress of employees taking advantage of the workers’ compensation system.

Read more >

Employer Charged with Multiple Breaches after Ignoring Notices

25 August 2017

After pleading guilty to breaching Section 26 of the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act (“Duties of persons who manage or control workplaces”) and ignoring numerous WorkSafe Victoria improvement notices, Leeming Furniture Pty Ltd have been convicted and fined $22,500 and more than $4,000 in costs.

Read more >

How to Avoid Legal Risks in Drug and Alcohol Testing

23 August 2017

Australia has some of the highest rates of illicit substance use in the world, and with some recent evidence showing that workers who misuse drugs or alcohol are at a higher risk of workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities, this is quickly becoming an issue employers simply cannot ignore.

Read more >

New Record Set for South Australian Asbestos Claim

16 August 2017

In a recent decision of the District Court of South Australia, a South Australian record of $1,062,000 in damages have been awarded to seventy year-old Anthony Latz, who was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma in 2016. Anthony Latz was exposed to asbestos fibres while building a fence using James Hardie asbestos sheeting in his Adelaide residence in 1976.

Read more >