Many businesses are unsure what to do when they have an employee with a non-work related injury. Common questions that arise include; As an employer, what is my role? Can the injury become a workers compensation claim? Where can I get help?
Sean is HEALTH ABILITY’s newest team member and physiotherapist. After playing soccer & futsal throughout his youth, Sean’s lifestyle is health, fitness & wellbeing focused. Sean is regularly in the gym, outside hiking or cycling. Sean’s other passions include nutrition and pilates.
As many of you would know at ABILITY GROUP we are very passionate about people, health and fitness. We believe and advocate people are the most important asset of any business and whether your people are injured at work or in day to day living, we have the specialist knowledge to help people return to work and re-enjoying life. We are therefore very excited to announce PROHEALTH PHYSIO our new physiotherapy clinic has opened. Located in the heart of Lane Cove on Sydney’s lower north shore our clinic is an extension to our suite of professional and allied health services that assist clients, partners and members of the community in navigating injury, return to work and the achievement of health and fitness goals.
Has one of your workers been injured outside of work and do you, as an business have an obligation to provide assistance to your worker? A non-work related injury/illness is defined as an injury or illness that did not arise out of or in the course of the workers employment. An injured worker includes a person with a temporary or permanent disability, physical or otherwise. It is important for businesses to be aware that allowing an injured worker to return to work after suffering an injury, especially a non-work related one, can be risky. If a worker returns to work before they are fit to do so and consequently aggravates his or her condition, the employer may find they are liable for a workers’ compensation claim.
Recently SafeWork Australia released a statistical report comparing injury rates between shift workforces as compared to non-shift workers spanning a variety of different industries administered in 2013-2014. The report demonstrates the injury rate for shift workers is significantly higher (more than twice the rate) when compared to non-shift workers. The increase in incidence of injury did not span across all shift-working industries. Individuals who operate machinery and drivers had significantly lower rates of injury when compared to their shift-working counterparts in other lines of work. So what shift workers are at the greatest risk? High risk shift industries as being; manufacturing, hospitality/food services, public administration and trades/labourers.