Court approves removalist's compo claim

A TOOWOOMBA company must pay compensation to a worker who broke his foot while collecting goods from a hardware store.

W&R Carrying appealed a WorkCover decision to accept David Dowe's compensation claim.

But the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission dismissed the appeal.

Mr Dowe, based in Toowoomba, was working as a truck driver for W &R Carrying, making deliveries for his employer from the Bunnings Warehouse.

In a judgment published online this week, QIRC deputy president Daniel O'Connor said he accepted Mr Dowe's evidence about the injury he sustained about 11.30am on November 17, 2014.

He said Mr Dowe broke a metatarsal bone after falling about 2m from a truck landing, landing on his feet on concrete.

Mr O'Connor said evidence given at a hearing detailed how Bunnings Warehouse manager Michael Whale was using a forklift to load four timber packs into the truck when a 10m beam, sitting on top of the load, struck Mr Dowe, causing him to fall.

"I am satisfied that his employment was a significant contributing factor to the injury and that the injury occurred in the course of his employment with the appellant, or arose out of that employment," he said.

The compensation amount was not disclosed in the judgment. - ARM NEWSDESK


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