WorkCover Queensland releases more industry sites

Reported by Haydee | 14 Mar, 2013

Staying up to date with what’s happening to your industry while learning injury prevention and management strategies is important. Taking that on board, WorkCover Queensland created the industry sites to provide employers with relevant information on compensation and injury management, as well as industry specific news, events and resources. Industry sites now available are Agriculture; …

Worker Injured by Lightening When Working on Rail Line in WA

Reported by Admin | 30 Oct, 2012

A 24-year-old worker from Queensland was directly struck by lightening when working on a rail line southeast of Port Hedland in Western Australia; a second worker was thrown to the ground with the force of the lightening strike. Both workers were taken to the Hedland Health Campus for treatment. The man that was struck received …

Chemical Leak Affects Workers

Reported by Admin | 28 Sep, 2012

An east Brisbane oil refinery was evacuated following a reported chemical leak that injured four workers. Emergency crews attended the site near the Port of Brisbane just after 7pm on Tuesday in response to the leak and reports that a vapour cloud hade been released and soon had the situation under control. The details of …

WorkCover offers assistance for workers compensation disputes

Reported by Haydee | 26 Sep, 2012

WorkCover will provide free legal assistance for workers compensation disputes. Minister for Finance and Services Greg Pearce announced today the establishment of a legal assistance and review service offering a free process to resolve disputes between injured workers and insurers. “This Government has acted to ensure that there will be no unnecessary financial burden on …

Increase in WorkCover weekly benefits announced today

Reported by Haydee | 17 Sep, 2012

Minister Greg PearcePhoto: NSWGovernment website An increase in the weekly benefits for 940 injured workers has been announced by the Minister for Finance and Services Greg Pearce today. Those assessed with an impairment of more than 30 percent will have an increased weekly benefit to a minimum of $736 per week. “From today, 940 of …

Changes to Comcare policy on Psychology/counselling consultations

Reported by Haydee | 09 Aug, 2012

Comcare is introducing a range of claims management aimed at further improving the services being offered to injured workers. Counsellors and Psychologists will now be required to get prior approval where they have valid justification for a consultation exceeding 60 minutes. For those injured workers who have existing approval for treatment, there is no change …

Inspectors to visit Shepparton for Safe Towns campaign

Reported by Haydee | 07 Aug, 2012

WorkSafe inspectors will target Shepparton for its upcoming workplace safety inspections, from 13-17 August. Specialised WorkSafe Return to Work Inspectors will also participate in ensuring workplaces with workers’ compensation claims meet their obligations in helping injured workers with return to work planning. WorkSafe Group Leader for Shepparton, Simon Brown said they would take a ‘no …

Two workers convicted for WorkCover fraud

Reported by Haydee | 03 Aug, 2012

Sentences were handed down to two people today for WorkCover fraud worth almost $35,000. The Minister for Finance and Services Greg Pearce said that the sentences handed down send a clear message that this type of deceit will never be tolerated. A 48-year-old man from Green Point has been required to serve 200 hours of …

Age limit to be considered in the review of federal workers’ compo scheme

Reported by Haydee | 02 Aug, 2012

Several provisions including age limit of Comcare’s workers compensation scheme legislation: the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act) is under review as part of the modernisation of the federal workers’ compensation scheme. The modernisation aims to ensure injured workers are given opportunity to return to health, independence and work as quickly as possible. …

Return to Work Inspectors to visit Dandenong employers

Reported by Haydee | 05 Jul, 2012

Photo: WorkSafe Victoria 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 …

Carapiet: WorkCover premiums collection rate remains at 1.68 percent

Reported by Haydee | 02 Jul, 2012

NSW employers were saved from facing a 28 percent increase in their insurance premiums because of the workers compensation scheme reforms, said WorkCover Advisory Board Chairman Michael Carapiet on Thursday. According to Mr Carapiet, the WorkCover Board met last week and decided the target premium collection rate will remain at 1.68 percent. “This scheme has …

Opposition launches petition against WorkCover reforms

Reported by Haydee | 28 Jun, 2012

A petition against the O’Farrell government’s reforms to workers compensation scheme was launched by the NSW opposition. Changes to WorkCover scheme was passed into law last week amidst strong opposition from trade unions and opposition. The changes include capping benefits as well as medical expenses and putting an end to claims over travels to and …

O’Farrell: NSW compo changes saved employers from premium hike

Reported by Haydee | 22 Jun, 2012

Hon Barry O’FarrellPhoto: Premier of NSWFacebook page The Workers Compensation Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 had spared employers from a 28 percent increase to their insurance premiums, says Premier Barry O’Farrell. “With premiums in NSW already between 20 and 60 percent higher than in Victoria and Queensland, any increase would only have driven more businesses and …

Workers compensation changes to slash benefits for injured workers

Reported by Haydee | 14 Jun, 2012

Injured NSW workers may have to face benefit deductions under the changes recommended by a joint parliament committee yesterday. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the committee’s report recommends calling off of “journey” claims, which means that workers will no longer be covered for injuries while travelling to and from work. Police officers are exempted …

Unions and workers protest against WorkCover changes

Reported by Haydee | 12 Jun, 2012

Protest rallies will be held in Sydney today over the NSW Government’s proposed cuts to workers compensation and entitlements. The Herald Sun reports that protesters from TAFE, the Powerhouse, UTS and the ABC will meet in Ultimo in central Sydney shortly after NSW Treasurer Mike Baird hands down the state Budget. Unions NSW Secretary Mark …

WISE Program helps injured workers get a job

Reported by Haydee | 07 May, 2012

An injured truck driver calls on employers to focus on a worker’s skills and experience instead of their injury. Stephen Morgan is calling on businesses to consider other employment options after he was employed through a WorkSafe program that matches vacancies with workers who are not able to return to their old jobs after suffering …