AWX ordered to pay costs of worker's comp after bid fail

LABOUR hire company AWX has failed to overturn a WorkCover decision to accept an Afghani meatworker's injury claim.

In June, 2012 the man lodged an application for worker's compensation for back pain caused by his work at Teys Brothers meatworks in Rockhampton.

The application was approved.

Then in July last year AWX sought a review of the decision.

A regulator performed the review and confirmed WorkCover's acceptance of the claim.

However, AWX argued the factual and medical evidence in this matter did not substantiate the worker's claim.

They lodged an appeal with the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission in September last year.

Court documents state the man had a pre-existing back condition and this was aggravated by an incident on March 28, 2012.

AWX argued medical evidence showed that any connection between the employee's injury and the work he was carrying out was "temporal at best".

However, the commission's deputy president did not accept that assertion.

In her decision, delivered earlier this month, she said two medical specialists who examined the worker held the view that work was a significant contributing factor to the injury.

She dismissed the application and upheld the decision of the regulator.

AWX was ordered to pay the costs of the regulator.

Topics:  afghanistan workcover

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