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FWC finds obese employee fairly dismissed

In a recent decision by the Fair Work Commission, an obese employee’s unfair dismissal application was dismissed after the employer established that the employee’s obesity and associated medical conditions meant that the employee could no longer perform the inherent requirements of his role. The employee was stood down following a manual handling hazard and risk…

No damages due to noncompliance with manual handling training

A recent decision of the District Court of Queensland has found that where appropriate manual handling training had been provided to an employee and their injury arose from a failure to comply with that training, the employer or host employer will not be liable for that injury. In Tawera v BDS Recruit Pty Ltd &…

Principal contractor found liable for sub-contractors injured employee

A principal contractor has been found liable for injuries to one of its subcontractor’s employees after the principal contractor took over a higher level of responsibility for the safe systems of work to be undertaken by the subcontractor. The employee of the subcontractor was engaged to dismantle scaffolding and fell 8 metres onto a concrete…

Failure to respond to WHS risk costs employer $400k

The County Court of Victoria has imposed a $400,000 fine for a work related accident which resulted in the tragic death of a worker. Whilst investigations into the cause of the worker’s death were not conclusive, it was found that the worker slipped into a hole in a walkway that was left as a result…