Planning for workers who are ‘unfit for all duties’
Even when injured workers are totally unfit for duties, you must still undertake return to work planning. This includes:
- obtaining relevant information about the worker's incapacity for work
- considering reasonable workplace support, aids or modifications to assist in the worker's return to work
- assessing and proposing options for suitable employment or pre-injury employment
- consultation with the worker, treating health practitioner (with the consent of the worker) and occupational rehabilitation provider (where involved)
- providing the worker with clear, accurate and current details of their return to work arrangements
- monitoring the worker's progress.
What are the benefits?
- Preparing for the eventual return to work of your worker.
- Keeping them engaged in the return to work process, even while they are not at work.
- Making sure that you have the latest return to work information.
- Ensuring that should the worker be certified as fit to return, you are prepared to have them back in the workplace in safe work.