Employers can help injured people back to work

A free workshop to help people responsible for helping injured workers return to work will be held in Melbourne’s CBD on 7 July.
News article published

Friday 24 Jun 2011

Industries and topics
  • Health and safety representatives
  • Return to work

The free briefing at WorkSafe’s office at 222 Exhibition St from 2pm to 4pm and cover return to work compliance which will be a major part of WorkSafe’s program over the next year.

Employers have a legal obligation to help injured people back to work and consider alternate duties or reduced hours during the recovery period.

Speakers include Nan Austin the National OHS and RTW Manager from the Australian

Red Cross Blood Service; Wayne Bishop from Activetics, a workers compensation

insurance agent; Geoff Dixon and Morag Fitzsimons from Workers Compensation Solutions and Danielle Jacobs from WorkSafe’s Return to Work Division.

Bookings for the event can be made at www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/rtwnetworks.

 “The networks are about getting support and advice from people who’ve been through it before,” the Director of WorkSafe’s Return to Work Division, Dorothy Frost said.

“People running businesses often don’t understand what is required of them. They’re busy with day to day issues – keeping productivity up, getting orders, paying bills. In many cases dealing with a workplace injury is new to them,”

“The employer networks give participants the tools they needed to make helping an injured worker back to work as seamless as possible.

“The key is remembering that planning for a return to work must begin early and consider the sort of work that is possible even though it may not be the work that the person did in the past.  

“International medical evidence shows that work is generally good for you, and it’s also good for business as helping injured workers reduces the cost of workers compensation claims and other business costs.”