Compo win for cricket
A WORKER injured playing cricket while trying to “reset his body clock” during shift change at a mining site in South Australia can claim compensation.
Benjamin Austin Backhouse, 28, injured his left knee batting during a “spontaneous” twohour cricket game in 2016, as he recovered while on a day off between a week of nightshift and seven days of dayshift.
Return To Work SA rejected his compensation claim, arguing it was not part of his job and had instead occurred in a social or sporting environment.
Mr Backhouse sued, and in a precedent-setting judgment, the South Australian Employment Tribunal has ruled he is eligible for an undisclosed amount of compensation.
Tribunal Deputy President Michael Ardlie found playing cricket to “stay awake” meant Mr Backhouse did not breach work “fatigue” rules and that phyiscal activity between shifts was part of his employment.