12:06 pm, Thursday 9 May, 2013
Public sector workplace injuries are on the rise in Western Australia and according to UnionsWA the government needs to improve return to work planning for their employees.
A report release by the WA Auditor General revealed that over the last few years there has been a 3% rise in the incidence of injuries that caused lost time as well as diseases in Western Australia’s public sector along with a 24% increase in severe injuries.
It was also found in the report that four WA government agencies failed to create a return to work program for each employee that needed to have one.
Auditor General Colin Murphy said in the report that the absence of return to work programs meant that it was difficult to assess whether these agencies had planned for their workers return to work and if the medical assistance that was given suited the needs of the workers.