Ben Yole Harness Racing Stables

Incident Type

Vehicle Crash Post-Work Hours

Date of Incident

January 30, 2023

Injuries Reported

Serious injuries to the stable hand, three others, and the death of four horses

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A stable hand employed by Ben Yole stables in Tasmania has successfully claimed workers’ compensation for serious injuries sustained in a vehicle crash after completing an extensive 20-hour workday, including participation in seven races.

Details of the Incident

The employee’s exhaustive day began at 6 AM at the Sidmouth stables, extending into the late hours after races at Elwick racecourse in Hobart. The crash occurred during the return trip to Sidmouth at 1:45 AM, resulting in the death of four horses and serious injuries to the worker and three others.

Operational Context

The worker, earning a modest weekly wage, faced demanding work conditions often extending beyond the stables’ location. His duties on the race day in question were integral to his role, contrary to the employer’s claim that work done at the racecourse was “voluntary.”

Court’s Decision and Impact on Victims

The Tasmanian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (TASCAT) ruled in favor of the worker, finding that the crash occurred during the execution of his work duties. The tribunal ordered Ben Yole stables to provide compensation for injuries and ongoing costs, rejecting the employer’s argument that the employee was off the clock at the time of the accident.

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