Case note on negligence in the workplace

A recent Supreme Court of Queensland case awarded damages of $215,286.11 on appeal for an employee injured at work as a result of negligent behaviour.

The case involved an employee using a Leatherman knife in eating an orange, whilst crouched near to a frequently used walkway. As the employee stood from his crouched position, another employee walked past and the knife stabbed the hand of the employee using it.  The injury sustained required immediate surgery.  The case highlights the need for foreseeability of risk and its significance when negligent in the workplace.

You can read more about this here. For a copy of the full case you can access it here.

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