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New study to focus on reducing musculoskeletal problems in workers

Reported by Haydee | 11 Mar, 2014

A new study being conducted by researchers from the University of Queensland will look at ways to reduce musculoskeletal problems in office workers. Researchers aim to identify which intervention would be more beneficial for workers and employers – an ergonomic assessment plus health promotion, or ergonomic assessment plus exercise training.

WorkCover Queensland’s Small Business Guide

Reported by Haydee | 21 Jan, 2014

A small business guide has been developed by WorkCover Queensland to assist small businesses in complying with their obligations and educate them on WorkCover matters. The guide offers useful tips in making a claim, reducing their premium, and links to more information online. “As part of WorkCover Queensland’s commitment to working together with small business …

Workplace for Wellness Program

Reported by Haydee | 08 Aug, 2013

A new Workplace for Wellness Program for Queensland workers was launched on Wednesday at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland. The Workplace for Wellness Program will include a new website which provides useful resources including templates, tools, ideas and tips to assist Queensland businesses in developing and managing a sustainable workplace wellness program. The …

WorkCover QLD Releases Communications Guide

Reported by Zoe | 28 Jul, 2013

Workplace injuries have the potential to seriously impact workers lives and they can also have a considerable impact on the workplace, including colleagues and business revenue. Communicating regularly with injured workers, providing support and understanding are essential in helping a worker to return to work successfully after an injury. However some employer’s struggle knowing what …

Educational forum on injury management and prevention

Reported by Haydee | 18 Jun, 2013

WorkCover Queensland together with the Australian Industry Group has recently conducted an educational forum to address injury management and prevention with small employers. WorkCover Customer Services Manager Melissa Steadman said the forum gave employers an opportunity to discuss challenges that smaller businesses face and how WorkCover and employers can work together to put strategies in …

Ambulance Dispatcher at the Centre of Queensland Bullying Case

Reported by Zoe | 11 Jun, 2013

A case of workplace bullying in Queensland involving an emergency medical dispatcher will be ruled on in the state’s Industrial Relations Commission. It was determined by WorkCover Queensland that the complainant had suffered “acute anxiety disorder” because of bullying and harassment over a 10 month period, she was awarded compensation to cover that period. The …

Funding for businesses to improve work health and safety

Reported by Haydee | 09 Jun, 2013

Organisations operating in high risk areas including transport, mining and construction have been awarded nearly $515,000 to fund innovative programs dedicated to making workplaces safer and healthier. The funding was provided under the government’s High Risk Industry Work Health Funding Program which aims to improve workers’ health and wellbeing in identified high risk industries. Workplace …

Reducing Claims Via Prevention and Management Program

Reported by Zoe | 08 May, 2013

At a recent Mining Industry Forum WorkCover Queensland revealed that an improvement program aimed at businesses with levels of statutory claims that are above average has meant that there has been a 22% reduction in these claims. The Injury Prevention and Management (IPaM) Program is jointly run by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) and …

WorkCover Queensland introduces new performance summary feature for employers

Reported by Haydee | 09 Apr, 2013

Photo: WorkCover Queensland A new performance summary feature has recently been released by WorkCover Queensland for employers registered with Employer online to assist them in easily identifying hot spots in terms of nature and location of an injury. According to a media release by WorkCover, the new Injury Location tab includes a human silhouette which …

WorkCover Queensland visits horse simulator in Toowoomba

Reported by Haydee | 18 Mar, 2013

Customer Advisors Gemma Jorgensen and Alex Newton,Customer Services Manager Vicki McCathyand Exercise physiologist Adam King.Photo: WorkCover Queensland WorkCover Queensland has recently visited the Toowoomba Turf Club to meet with injured jockeys and view the horse simulator in action. WorkCover Queensland Customer Advisor, Gemma Jorgensen said the simulator is a type of device that mimics a …

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; …

Forum to improve safety outcome for beef industry held

Reported by Haydee | 25 Feb, 2013

A forum to help employers in the beef industry improve health, safety and injury management outcomes was held on Friday. Customer Services Manager Kylie Maras considers the forum a success. “It featured a case where the employer was involved in the rehabilitation and return to work process from the onset, and how this lead to …

Free webinar on positive stay and early return to work

Reported by Haydee | 04 Feb, 2013

WorkCover Queensland is inviting all employers in the accommodation industry to a free webinar with industry experts discussing strategies to achieve positive stay at, prompt return to work outcomes. The webinar will be held on Wednesday 27 February 2013 from 11am to 12pm. There are limited places available and interested participants are advised to email …

Company objects to paying workers’ journey claims

Reported by Haydee | 16 Jan, 2013

One of the biggest chains of supermarket in the country is objecting to paying compensation claims to workers who were injured on their way to or from work saying that employers “cannot control risks.” According to a Courier Mail report, the supermarket owner made a submission to a review of the state workers’ compensation scheme. …

WorkCover Queensland to hold a free passenger transport forum in January 2013

Reported by Haydee | 11 Dec, 2012

A free forum for employers in the passenger transport industry will be hosted by WorkCover Queensland and Workplace Health and Safety Queensland on 23 January 2013. Topics to be discussed will include injury prevention and management, workplace health and safety harmonisation laws, and promoting wellness at work. Customer Services Manager (North), Matt Cross, who manages …

Queensland Work Strategies Forum

Reported by Zoe | 27 Sep, 2012

Queensland WorkCover is hosting a forum for Manufacturing industry employers on the 17th October 2012, particularly for those employers whose claim registrations and premium rates are higher than the average. This is an opportunity to network and listen to ways to create a positive safety culture in the workplace, including planning for staying at or …

Qld Seminars on Managing Secondary Psychological Injuries

Reported by Zoe | 11 Sep, 2012

On the 18th September and 10th October in Queensland employers have an opportunity to learn more about minimising or even preventing the occurrence of secondary psychological injuries to workers. Some of the areas that will be covered in the seminars include: – A proactive approach to risk management and prevention – Managing and minimising secondary …