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Dandenong employers can expect a visit from Return to Work Inspectors over the next month to make sure they are meeting their return to work obligations for injured workers.
As part of their visits, inspectors will focus on workplaces where workers have suffered an injury and have not been able to return to work.
WorkSafe’s Return to Work Director, Ross Jones, emphasized how important an employer’s role is in helping injured workers get back to safe work.
“We know businesses are faced with a range of competing demands but it’s essential workplaces are addressing their legal obligations,” said Mr Jones.
“Helping injured workers return to work in a safe and sustainable way can be a complex process so our inspectors’ role is to provide guidance and advice to employers as well as talk them through possible options.”
“We want employers to do all they can to maximise an injured worker’s chance of getting back to work, whether it be to their original job or on modified or alternative duties.”
“In many cases, you do not need to be 100% recovered to return to work, in fact, getting back to work is an important part of the rehabilitation process.”
According to WorkSafe, almost 8360 injuries in the Greater Dandenong region were reported over the last five years. Injuries cost employers more than $197 million in medical costs, wages and other expenses.
WorkSafe Victoria is also planning to host a free Return to Work Co-ordinator workshop in Dandenong later this month to help employers who are dealing with injured workers.
People attending the workshop on 26 July will hear from a panel of return to work professionals who will discuss how to overcome barriers in order to achieve a successful outcome.
“Attending RTW Coordinator workshops and events help employers to improve their return to work outcomes and lower their premiums,” said Mr Jones.
“We know that many have walked away with a more confident understanding of their obligations and what options they have to help get an injured worker back to work.”
The workshop will be held from 9.30am to 11.30am at Punthill, Dandenong, 157-163 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong.
More information can be found through the WorkSafe Victoria website.