The annual Injury Prevention and Return to Work Conference in Brisbane held in Brisbane showcased the latest research and developments in work health and safety and return to work.
Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace opened the event on Thursday.
“The conference is the flagship event in a very busy Safe Work Month, which has seen health and safety professionals gathering throughout Queensland to share ideas about ideas about how to make our workplaces safer and assist people back to work,” said Ms. Grace.
“There’s no better way to avoid the financial and personal cost of workplace tragedies than preventing them – doing our very best to make sure they don’t happen.
“And just as important, if incidents do occur, having systems in place to help get valued employees back on the job as soon as safely possible.
“Work plays an important role in any rehab process, as the act of doing promotes recovery.”
Ms. Grace said the winners and finalists of the Queensland Safe Work and Return to Work Awards were great examples of how to support workers in safe workplaces in the job.
“These companies are not only setting the bar in rehab and return to work, they are sharing their successful strategies with other businesses,” she said.
“Good safety management in the workplace delivers benefits not only for workers and their families but for businesses and the State economy.”