FLY IN FLY OUT (FIFO) EMPLOYEES AND WORKERS COMPENSATION CLAIMS

Working in the Coal Seam Gas Industry or the Mining Industry usually means workers are required to fly in and fly out of the work site on a rostered basis. You could spend as long as three weeks out of four on a site. You work your shift and then spend your non-working hours in employer accommodation, eating your meals in employer canteens and using recreational facilities provided by your employer, and sometimes assisting the nearby towns in events which will encourage goodwill between the employer and the town. At your induction they tell...

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CONTRACTOR GETS INTO HOT WATER – WHEN AN INJURED WORKER CAN SUE

The District Court recently determined that a 50 year old delicatessen worker was entitled to around $440,000 damages after her feet were badly scalded by a jet of hot water when a plumbing fitting failed. In South Australia an injured worker is not permitted to sue their employer for negligence, however she sued the contractor who supplied the plumbing components involved. The Court decided that the contractor was negligent in either not supplying the right fitting or in not properly inspecting and maintaining the connection. The Court...

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