Gladstone employers on the right track

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Gladstone employers used WorkCover Queensland visits to clarify who is a contractor and who is a worker, and were able to adjust their WorkCover accident insurance policy to suit.

On a recent educational visit to the Gladstone region, 136 construction, manufacturing and retail employers were visited. The visits aimed to ensure these employers are correctly covering their workers for workers’ compensation.

While 87% of the employers had the right level of cover (compared to the Queensland average of 83%), those who didn’t have the right level of cover were able to work out who they should be covering, and adjusted their cover.

The visits found:

  • A total non-compliance of 13% across the construction and manufacturing industries
  • The level of non-compliance found was mainly a result of some employers engaging subcontractors who were deemed to be workers, but the employer didn’t have the relevant cover
  • Two construction employers and three manufacturing employers held no WorkCover insurance for their employees at all, leaving them exposed to potential high claims related costs and penalties in case the case of an  injury
  • 100% of retail businesses visited had the right level of cover.

WorkCover Customer Compliance and Education Manager Troy Mewburn said employers, workers and subcontractors welcomed the level of education they received as it gave them a better understanding of their legislative requirements.

“Employers were particularly interested to clarify who is a contractor under the definition of a worker and were keen to gain knowledge of the use of contractors within particular industries,” he said.

“There was also great interest in Household worker policies which was discussed during site visits.”

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Last updated
02 May 2017