Tamara v Goodline (Workers Compensation – Dependancy)

We acted for the widow of a FIFO worker who died of a heart attack while working out  in a company provided gym. The application was under the First Schedule of the Workers Compensation and Injury Act 1981 (WA). The case was fought to a hearing at the Arbitration Service. The Arbitrator found that:

“On balance, I consider the evidence establishes that Goodline encouraged Mr Tamara to keep healthy and in essence,keep fit. It should not be a surprise to Goodline to therefore find Mr Tamara exercising in between work hours. Although expressed in general terms, I find Goodline encouraged Mr Tamara to perform the very activity he was performing at the time of his death, namely exercise.

Given the above, I find that Mr Tamara was injured during a work interval while performing an activity encouraged by Goodline.

That being the case, I find that Mr Tamara’s death resulted from a personal injury by accidnt arising out of or in the course of his employment with Goodline.

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Given my findings, Goodline is ordered to pay Ms Tamara the whole of the applicable Notional Residual Entitlement, namely the sum of $298,810.00.”

This case is an example of the the operation of Hatzimanolis v ANI Corporation Ltd to injured Fly in – Fly Out workers. A very good result for a lady who had lost the love of her life.