Former Teys worker sues over workplace injury

A meatworker is suing his former employer Teys Australia for $750,000 over a February 2011 incident, in which he slipped and cut his hand on a metal tray.

The Morning Bulletin reports that Peter McKenzie’s claim lodged in the Rockhampton District Court stated that a damaged rubber strip on the tray – which McKenzie had earlier complained about – contributed to a fall from a fat- and blood-covered ladder.

When McKenzie fell, he grabbed the tray, severing tendons which required surgery to mend. The accident caused a loss of work and a possible promotion, he claims.

McKenzie’s legal representative, Gino Andrieri of Maurice Blackburn Lawyers said, “A case like this highlights the dangers in the workplace if complaints aren't acted on immediately."