Phone call compo bid successful
A TRUCKING manager who was injured when he slipped getting out of a shower at home to answer his work mobile phone has won his appeal for workers’ compensation.
Robert Ziebarth convinced a Queensland Industrial Relations Commissioner his injury was work- related because he was on call and was expected to answer his work phone.
Mr Ziebarth was fleet service manager at Blenners Transport’s Tully depot when the incident occurred at his Mission Beach home on March 21, 2013.
He said he was showering when he heard his work mobile phone ringing.
He said he moved out of the shower, slipped on wet bathroom tiles, fell forward and caught himself.
He claimed he had been chastised for not answering his work mobile phone and felt obliged to answer when it rang.
The next day he felt excruciating pain in his lower back and right leg, saying it felt like he was “hooked up to an electric fence or electric current”.
Chiropractors and doctors diagnosed a disc protrusion.
A Workers’ Compensation Regulator decision to reject Mr Ziebarth’s claim was set aside, and his claim was accepted.