Author Archives: Ring Marc

New & Transition NSW Claims

Following our NSW claim transition update in August  icare has advised all new CGU & QBE claims will be managed by GIO now from October. We have seen some processing delays resulting from claim files moving to GIO & if you need help, we are here to help.

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WHS Legislation Changes

The Work, Health & Safety Regulation 2011 was repealed on 1 September’17 & replaced by the Work Health & Safety Regulation 2017, which came into effect on the same day. The new regulation is essentially the same as the 2011 Regulation with some minor changes.

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Safety Breach Leads to $1M Fine

A Victorian business has been fined $1.130 million for failing to ensure employees wore hi-vis PPE. Tragically whilst working late at night in dark conditions, a worker was struck & killed by a forklift in 2015. The employer has since been found to have breached their safety duties.

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Workplace Violence

Unfortunately workplace violence accounts for over 9% of Australia’s workers compensation claims. Workplace violence can result in both physical & psychological injuries with the age care industry being more susceptible. Providing workers support and assistance is important in minimising risk and injuries.

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Business Fined $375,000 Over Death

A NSW business on the Mid North Coast was fined $375,000 over the death of a worker in 2015. The employer pleaded guilty to a charge under Section 32 of the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act 2011 for failing to comply with its duty under Section 19 (1) of the act.

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WHS Policies Alone Not Enough

Woolworths has had to pay $231,000 in compensation after a former worker won an appeal for an aggravation of a pre-existing degenerative shoulder injury. Despite comprehensive policies & systems of work, the court found Woolworths had been poorly implemented & were therefore liable.

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NSW Claim Transition Update

As previously advised from 1 January 2018 CGU & QBE cease being agents of NSW Workers Compensation Scheme.  During August, existing open CGU & QBE claims commenced transition that will finalise in December 2017.

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Being A Tradie Is High Risk

Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) noted SafeWork Australia data identifies although tradies make up less than one-third of the Australian workforce, tradies account for 51% of serious workers compensation claims. Injuries typically require 5-6 weeks off.

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NSW Premium Incentives Summary

NSW workers compensation has seen significant change in the last 24 months & it is difficult for businesses to stay updated. Under current NSW legislation, there are various different incentives that can reduce premiums payable. To make things easy we have summarised each incentive.

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Safety Regulators Crackdown

Did you know that certain state Safety Regulators are cracking down on safety for specific industries? Due to a recent series of serious injuries & fatalities, the industries in focus are Construction in NSW as well as Retail & Transport in WA.

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