Retailer company’s appeal to stop compo claim junked

Reported by Haydee | 01 Aug, 2013

A retail company failed in its appeal to stop workers compensation being paid to a worker for psychological injury. The Workers Compensation Commission of New South Wales ruled that work was a significant contributing factor to the worker’s injury and granted him compensation. The employee attempted suicide following a meeting about his work performance with …

Physiotherapist fined for workers compensation fraud

Reported by Haydee | 18 Jul, 2013

A physiotherapist was found guilty of 16 counts of workers compensation fraud after he overcharged WorkCover while seeing patients. According to Herald Sun, the Industrial Magistrates Court found out that the Adelaide-based physiotherapist overcharged WorkCover between July 2009 and October 2010 for the number of driving hours it took to see his patients. He would …

Woman guilty of worker’s compensation fraud

Reported by Haydee | 03 Jul, 2013

A woman from Blacktown was found guilty of workers’ compensation fraud, and was sentenced to a 12-month Intensive Corrections Order after an investigation conducted by WorkCover found she was working four different jobs while claiming she was totally incapacitated and was unable to work. The woman was ordered to pay $71,221 to the workers compensation …

Workers Comp Premiums set to Rise for ACT Construction in July

Reported by Zoe | 28 May, 2013

Due to a record number workers compensation claims in the last 12 months for serious injuries insurance premiums for the ACT construction industry are likely to rise. The newest actuarial calculations of employment risk are used to decide on the premiums in the ACT and they have been mostly steady since the data was initially …

Comcare granted leave to appeal injury during sex case

Reported by Haydee | 23 May, 2013

The High Court has granted Comcare a special leave to appeal application in the PVYW case earlier this month. In a media statement, Comcare said that it is “seeking a ruling from the High Court that the circumstances surrounding an injury may be relevant to an assessment of whether an injury occrs in the course …

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 …

Workers compo claims on the rise in Cardinia

Reported by Haydee | 28 Jan, 2013

While the rest of Victoria has recorded a decrease in WorkSafe claims in the past three years, claims in Cardinia have increased steadily. According to a Fairfax Media report, claims in the town have increased from 174 in 2010 to 198 in 2011 and to 220 in 2012, an increase which is more than 26 …

Worker jailed for fraudulent compensation claims

Reported by Haydee | 25 Jan, 2013

A worker who fraudulently claimed $112,000 in benefits after falsely claiming to be wheelchair-bound and in need of 24-hour care has been jailed for 6 months. According to a WorkSafe Victoria media release, the 44-year-old worker pleaded guilty in August 2012 to one count of fraudulently obtaining weekly compensation payments and seven of providing false …

Compo payments ceased after video revealed claimant exaggerated her condition

Reported by Haydee | 07 Nov, 2012

A former Telstra worker who has been receiving back injury compensations for nine years had her long-term compensation payments cut off after the company produced a video of her bending over to pick up her son. Danielle Smith injured her back when her car was hit by a kangaroo on her way home from work …

Laws making compo claims easier for firefighters with cancer to be introduced

Reported by Haydee | 03 Nov, 2012

The WA State Government is committed in introducing laws which will make availing for worker’s compensation claim easier for firefighters with cancer. The Treasurer Troy Buswell through an ABC report said that drafting will commence soon but the laws will not be introduced before the end of the parliamentary year. He also expressed his confidence …

Improvement notices issued at Safe Towns inspection in Swan Hill

Reported by Haydee | 05 Oct, 2012

A total of 75 improvement notices were issued by WorkSafe inspectors to Swan Hill businesses during the ‘Safe Towns’ inspection held last week. Inspectors visited 60 workplaces between September 17-21 to check on health and safety compliance. WorkSafe Return to Work inspectors were also there to ensure businesses with workers’ compensation claims were meeting their …

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 …

WorkCover develops Bullying Prevention kit

Reported by Haydee | 30 Jul, 2012

WorkCover has recently developed a Bullying Prevention Kit which aims to help employers identify bullying and learn ways to manage it. According to the Minister for Finance and Services Greg Pearce, there have been 4,746 workers compensation claims for bullying and harassment at a cost of almost $100 million in the last three financial years. …

Union pressing for changes to workplace laws on bullying

Reported by Haydee | 13 Jul, 2012

Unions NSW is pressing for an expansion of the list of risk factors for workplace bullying to include work overload, systems changes, exposure to violence and fatigue, and bad safety practice. The Herald Sun reported that the union is seeking mandatory reporting of psychological injuries and funding for a national bullying helpline. In Unions NSW’s …

Hospital workers feel less safe than construction workers

Reported by Haydee | 25 Jun, 2012

A national survey found that nurses, doctors and community service workers feel less safe at work compared to construction workers. AAP reports that the findings about workplace attitudes towards health and safety come from a five-year study by the University of Sydney in partnership with the Australian Research Council and Unions NSW. The study involved …

Musculoskeletal injuries affecting 43 Victorian workers every day

Reported by Haydee | 11 Jun, 2012

Every day 43 Victorians are seriously hurt with musculoskeletal injuries, according to Assistant Treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips who launched today a new year-long WorkCover campaign targeting musculoskeletal injuries. “Musculoskeletal injuries are the most common workplace injury, costing nearly $1 billion a year in medical costs, wages and other expenses,” said Mr Rich-Phillips. “They affect the body’s …

WorkSafe to conduct information sessions in Ballarat

Reported by Haydee | 25 May, 2012

In an effort to help businesses understand how WorkSafe can help them prevent workplace health and safety incidents, WorkSafe’s annual business session program is underway with Ballarat being visited on 6 June. Four people have died over the past five years due to work-related incidents and 3833 people have been hurt badly enough to lodge …