UNSAFE STAFFING LEVELS ‘NOT ‘REASONABLE’

The employer of a worker who suffered a psychological injury has failed to block his entitlements by claiming that its inability to provide safe staffing levels constituted ‘reasonable administrative action’.

The Tasmanian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (CAT) ruled against an TASCAT’s attempt to deny a worker's compensation for a ‘severe overload’ injury, arguing its inability to provide enough staff was ‘reasonable administrative action.’

The Tasmanian Civil and Administrative Tribunal disagreed.

The worker, a paramedic deployment supervisor, suffers an ‘adjustment disorder with low mood and anxiety with panic attacks’ due to sustained stress and lack of support.

Despite the employer's claims, the CAT found no evidence the worker's condition was caused by administrative action and that the employer's failure to address critical staff shortages and manage the worker's workload led to the injury.

Read the tribunals determination here.

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