04 Mar 2016
A new work capacity certificate is being developed in Queensland in response to stakeholder consultation.
The new certificate will focus on what work can be done after injury, supporting early and safe rehabilitation and return to work, and encouraging return-to-work discussions as early as possible.
The Office of Industrial Relations has almost completed its consultation with stakeholder focus groups and peak representative associations and consideration of survey responses and written submissions about the fit note.
The new certificate is expected to start being available in July, with full implementation by January 2017.
“To ensure the success of this transition, a website dedicated to doctors will be developed to support their education needs,” according to a Queensland Government media release.
For more details, visit WorkCover Qld
03 Nov 2015
A company has been fined $120,000 after a worker’s skull was pierced with a steel bar.
The 18-year-old worker was operating an excavator on a demolition job in August 2013 when the incident occurred. As he filled the excavator’s sifting bucket with concrete and steel, a steel bar flew into the cabin of the excavator, pieced his skull and penetrated 10cm into his brain.
SafeWork NSW investigated and found that the excavator was operated with the glass front screen open—and that the supervisor had observed the worker operating the excavator with it open prior to the incident but failed to instruct the operator to close it.
The company, NMK Pty Ltd, was prosecuted in the District Court of New South Wales (NSW), found guilty and fined $120,000 for breaching the NSW Work Health and Safety Act 2011.
“The risk of an excavator operator being struck by a flying object and the need to shut the front safety screen during excavation is widely known and understood within the demolition and excavation industry,” executive director of SafeWork NSW (formerly WorkCover NSW), Peter Dunphy said in a media statement.
“Fortunately the worker did not suffer a significant brain injury as a result of the incident but the outcome could have been very different.”
For more details, visit SafeWork NSW
Published on 22 October 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter – available free every fortnight direct to your email. Subscribe online today.
02 Oct 2015
Employers have been barred from obtaining the workers compensation claims history of prospective employees, among a number of changes under new laws passed in the Queensland parliament last week.
The Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 prevents employers obtaining a copy of a prospective worker’s compensation claims history from the Workers’ Compensation Regulator.
In other changes, the new laws allow workers with than less than 5 per cent impairment to seek workers compensation damages under common law.
The new provisions also permit workers prevented from making damages claims between October 15, 2013 and January 31, 2015 to seek additional compensation payouts.
Meanwhile, firefighters diagnosed with a deemed disease will have their injury automatically deemed a work injury under the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation (Protecting Firefighters) Amendment Bill 2015. This law also passed in the Queensland parliament last week.
The deemed diseases include the following cancers: brain, bladder, kidney, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukaemia, breast, testicular, prostate, ureter, colorectal, oesophageal and multiple myeloma.
For more details, visit the laws
Published on 24 September 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter – available free every fortnight direct to your email. Subscribe online today.
07 Sep 2015
Around 34 construction workers are seriously injured each day, according to the latest injury and fatality figures from Safe Work Australia.
Some 12,300 employees made a workers compensation claim requiring one or more weeks off work in 2012–13, according to ‘Work-Related Injuries and Fatalities in Construction, Australia, 2003 to 2013’.
These preliminary workers compensation figures equate to 34 workers seriously injured per day.
The median cost of these preliminary claims and time spent off work are not available as “some claims remain open and the time lost and associated payments can increase”, the report says.
Nevertheless, in the previous year, 12,600 employees made a workers compensation claim requiring one or more weeks off work, according to the report.
During this time, a seriously injured construction worker typically had 6.4 working weeks off work and received a median compensation payment of $11,000, the report adds.
For more details, visit the figures
Published on 27 August 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter – available free every fortnight direct to your email. Subscribe online today.
04 Sep 2015
In partnership with NSCA Foundation, Ansell invite safety professionals to take part in a first-time survey to better understand and benchmark hand safety performance and improvement trends in Australia.
The survey will be conducted by independent market research company, Australian Marketing Research (AMR) during September 2015. AMR will conduct the survey via personal telephone interview, taking approximately 15 minutes, and scheduled at a time convenient to you. Should you be selected AMR will be in contact to discuss your availability to participate.
We hope that you agree to take part in this study and thank you for taking the time to consider our request.
Jamie Burrage | General Manager, NSCA Foundation
Dean Clark | Marketing Manager, Industrial & single Use ANZ, Ansell Healthcare