A North Queensland, Australia woman is suing her employer after she was allegedly crushed by a morbidly obese client of hers.
Therese Gai McCormack, a 46-year-old support worker, is seeking $406,903.43 in damages after a 661-pound (300kg) man fell on her while she was transporting the man to a hospital.
McCormack alleges she suffered a soft tissue injury to her right shoulder and an injury to the joint when the man crushed her on June 15, 2011. She claims the injury required her to receive surgery on her right shoulder, but continues to experience pain in her right shoulder and arm.
According to documents filed with the Townsville District Court, the man was a client of McCormack’s and was on his way to see a dentist. McCormack found the patient lying face down in the taxi with his feet sticking out of the sliding door.
McCormack called her employer to request assistance in lifting the man up, but was told the hospital would provide help.
As she and two male nurses attempted to lift the man into the taxi, the man fell backwards and on top of McCormack, the Townsville Bulletin reports.
McCormack was allegedly knocked into the passenger seat immediately behind the driver’s seat, causing her injuries.
She is now suing her employer for “failing to provide a safe workplace,” or provide a specialized ambulance and double-seater wheelchair to transport the patient to the hospital, according to the Bulletin.
Source: Townsville Bulletin
If a police minister has his way in Australia, gang members that are in prison will find themselves wearing pink uniforms.
Just last week, new laws were passed in Queensland, Australia, in an attempt to combat motorcycle gangs as authorities seek to destroy what they describe as "criminal organizations" that have become a growing menace across the country with links to drugs and guns, according to XINMSN.
Now, as part of a plan that’s under consideration, members of criminal gangs could be forced to wear "embarrassing" bright pink overalls in prison.
"They are bullies. They like to wear scary looking gear, leather jackets, they have the tattoos, they have their colors. We know that telling them to wear pink is going to be embarrassing for them," Queensland Police Minister Jack Dempsey told reporters on Monday, according to MSN.
The plan for prisoners to wear pink isn’t brand new though, as Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio forced inmates in his Tent City prison to put on the color.
Daily Life reports that Arpaio forces the inmates to wear pink underwear, a move that he boasts has helped get him elected to the position of Sheriff five times.
Under Queensland’s new laws to combat motorcycle gangs, members can have an additional 15 years added on to any prison term, and authorities can destroy their motorcycles.
An Australian businessman and political hopeful plans to sue a prominent media mogul about a newspaper article that makes unflattering allegations about him.
In addition to saying he was filing a suit against Rupert Murdoch, businessman Clive Palmer also made some inflammatory comments about the tycoon’s estranged wife.
‘You know, Rupert Murdoch’s wife Wendi Deng is a Chinese spy, and that’s been right across the world,” Palmer said during an interview. “She’s been spying on Rupert for years, giving money back to Chinese intelligence. She was trained in southern China. I’m telling you the truth. Wendi Deng is a Chinese spy and that’s why Rupert got rid of her. And this guy (Murdoch) wants to control Australian politics. He wants to control what you think.”
Deng is probably most well-known for stopping a protester from smashing a pie into Murdoch’s face during an inquiry before the House of Commons Select Committee in 2011.
Palmer, 59, is running for election in Australia. He is also famous for wanting to create an animated Jurassic Park in Queensland, The Daily Mail reported.
An article about Palmer in “The Australian” newspaper questioned many of his claims “Contrary to the flim-flam and spin, Clive Frederick Palmer is not a professor, not an adviser to the G20, not a mining magnate, not a legal guru and not an advocate for freedom of speech. He’s probably not a billionaire,” the newspaper said.
Palmer alleges that Murdoch tell his reporters what to write. “Murdoch will be sued by me today and will be brought to Australia to answer these questions in the Supreme Court,” he said. “It’s time this fellow was brought to account, this foreigner who tries to dictate what we do.”
An Australian man was banned from a Queensland gym chain after he mocked other members of the gym on Facebook and was exposed on 4Chan and Reddit.
In his most recent post, the unnamed man posted a photo from his IPad of another man lifting barbell weights. In the caption, he calls the gym member the “amazing chicken man” who is envied by bodybuilders and bulimic teenage girls for his low bodyfat.
Reddit and 4Chan users managed to track down the Australian man’s personal information and spoke with his mother, who then contacted the gym to notify the owner of the photos.
According to Facebook screenshots, the young man’s mother has also cut him off financially.
The gym owner called the harasser personally and banned him from the premises and the rest of the chain. He went as far as to call the young man “a piece of s**t”.
In response to the phone call, the young man vented about his banishment from the gym.
“I have this nagging voice saying 'toughen the f**k up' because I get called being fat on a daily basis,” the man wrote, responding to the gym owner’s concern over the pictures’ effects on members.
While the man eventually confessed to having offended some of the gym members, he asserted that a picture of himself on the Internet would have faced the same amount of criticism.
“For some reason people think fat people sweating their a**es off running on a treadmill is hilarious,” he wrote, “but if you pick on a skinny dude for lack of weights, it’s a godd**n hate crime.”
A 64-year-old man in Australia attempted to steal a woman’s car at knifepoint on Saturday, but he failed to flee the scene quick enough. The man allegedly took too much time loading his walker and groceries into the vehicle.
The senior from Queensland approached a 22-year-old woman in the parking lot of a Kmart and held her up with a knife he had just bought in the store, Geelong Senior-Constable Paul Mitchell told the Geelong Advertiser.
The woman quickly called the police, and officers arrived before the elderly man had time to take off in her car.
Mitchell called it "the most bizarre incident" he saw in all his years on the job.
The senior is set to appear in court today.
The young woman he robbed was unharmed, and all her belongings were recovered undamaged.