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Did You Report a Workplace Injury In Time?

An injury or accident in the workplace can be very disruptive to both employees and employers. Depending on how serious the injury is, it may require time off work or could impact if the employee’s capability of doing their job. But most importantly, if nothing is done about a hazard that has caused an injury then more people could be hurt. This is something everyone wants to avoid to keep the workplace as safe to work in as possible, which is why documenting and reporting an injury as soon as it occurs is important for everyone.

One of the first obligations an employee has after injuring themself in the workplace is to notify their employer as quickly as possible.  This needs to be done either verbally or in writing, even if no claims need to be lodged for this injury. If an employer receives notice of a workplace injury, then they are obliged to act upon the information and ensure the employee receives the help he or she requires to continue or return to work at the earliest time possible.

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7 Steps to Building Trust in the Workplace

Trust is the belief in someone or something as being reliable, honest, truthful, and able. A key question for all workplaces to ask is: Do your employees believe in the reliability, honesty, or ability of:

  • What your company is offering,
  • Your products and services,
  • Your senior management and their peers,
  • Your business service providers?

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Common Work-Related Injuries

Every year thousands of workers are hurt in the workplace, with both minor and major injuries occurring as a result. We’ve compiled a range of statistics gathered by the national government organisation Safework Australia to show how and when injuries most frequently occur.

Common Work-Related Injuries

Workplace Fatalities: The Statistics

When you consider the working conditions across the globe, it will come as no surprise that workplace injuries do not simply occur in Australia. Furthermore, with the increasing globalisation of companies workplace injuries have become an international concern. However, unlike developing countries where workplace injuries and fatalities  are unlikely to be recorded, in western countries such as United States of America, Europe and Australia, we have the benefit of statistics that record workplace injuries and fatalities. Those statistics can help us to assess how poorly or well managed are our workplace health and safety laws. Such statistics matter because these countries offer the benefit of laws that are aimed at protecting employees and finding negligent employers liable.

So how does Australia compare with America and Europe?

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Corporate Responsibility regarding Mental Health Issues: It’s Time to Foster a Positive Workplace

Why is there a stigma attached to someone suffering from mental health issues, particularly in the workplace? The statistics for mental illness show that it is not as uncommon as may be first thought. In 2007, the Australian Bureau of Statistics National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing found that around 45% of Australians between 16 and 85 years of age will experience a mental illness at some point in their lives, while one in five adults will experience a mental illness in any given year.

These Australians are men, women, mothers, fathers, managers, employers and employees.

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How to Prepare for a Workplace Investigation

For many businesses, workplace investigations are common practice. The need for an investigation varies, but common reasons include:

  • Possible conduct by an employee that can justify disciplinary action or dismissal.
  • A breach of rules, policy or illegal conduct.
  • The lodging of a complaint by an employee.
  • Theft, fraud, fighting, harassment, drug-taking, breaches in safety provisions, bullying or misuse of company property.

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An Overview of WorkCover’s High Risk Commercial Construction Strategy

Construction sites are among the most dangerous workplaces, not only in Australia, but worldwide and WorkCover has launched new initiatives as part of its High Risk Commercial Construction Strategy. This is to try and ensure better safety practices on construction sites, particularly those where multi-level construction is involved.

What are the initiatives?

The new initiatives are in addition to WorkCover’s ongoing compliance activities and they include the launch of the Focus on Industry (FOI) Housing Construction Program, as well as a recent inspection blitz of construction sites across Sydney and regional NSW.

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What Poor Workplace Health Costs the Australian Economy

Australia’s workplace health is extremely poor and it is costing the economy and employers billions of dollars a year. This article examines the problem and looks at ways to improve the diagnosis.

The problem

Chronic diseases such as arthritis, back pain, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, cancer and diabetes account for 70% of all Australian health problems.

Common causes of chronic disease are unhealthy eating, lack of physical activity, alcohol and smoking, and more than 30% of our workforce suffer from at least one chronic disease.

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Work Injury Damages Claims – the Who, What, Why and How

For accidents that happen at work, there are systems in place that allow injured workers to sue for modified common law damages in certain circumstances. If successful, an injured worker can be provided with a sum that will help them to continue paying for living expenses and help take the pressure off not being able to work in their selected field.

So what exactly is a work injury claim, who can claim, why go through the process and how does it work?

The Who

In order to claim for work injury damages, there is a criteria that must be met. First and foremost, the work injury must be as a result of the negligence of the employer.

There are many different forms of negligence in the workforce, with common claims based on failure to provide items such as appropriate protective clothing. Other cases may be as a result of faulty equipment, failure to implement safe working practices and not enough training and support.

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The Pros and Cons of Pre-Employment Medicals

Pre-employment medicals have advantages and disadvantages for both employers and employees, according to an article on hcamag.com. The advantages include:

  • They reduce the employer’s risk of hiring someone with a pre-existing condition that could lead to workers compensation claims, absenteeism and lost productivity.
  • They can alert the employee to health issues that may otherwise have gone undetected.