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How to keep skilled workers in an industry after injury

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Getting highly skilled construction and mining workers to stay in the industry after they are injured at work was the focus of a forum hosted by WorkCover Queensland.

The forum gave employers in these industries access to a range of speakers to cover elements of this topic from different perspectives.

Two employers, Lendlease and New Hope Group, shared their injury management experience and how health and wellbeing programs can positively impact on the bottom line. 

Other speakers from the medical and legal professions were able to give their experience of what works best in terms of return to work, providing sensible duties, and how good work gets the best outcomes.

WorkCover Queensland Industry Manager, Construction, Melanie Stojanovic said a number of themes came out consistently amongst the speakers.

“Good communication, a top down approach and a high level of involvement of employers in their injured workers claims are important,” she said.

Melanie said one of the speakers, Michelle Maclean of Occupational Consultants used the phrase ‘absence makes the claim go longer’ which really resonated with those in attendance.

“It was evident that a good culture in an organisation before a worker even gets injured can deliver better outcomes,” Melanie said.

“Workplaces that are inclusive and encourage injured workers to remain connected to their workplace during their recovery get better results when it comes to getting their workers back to work in their pre-injury role. This reduces the likelihood of the worker lodging a common law claim,” she said.

“This approach also makes it much more likely that the valuable skills of these workers are kept within the industry, which benefits everyone – the worker, the employer and the industry as a whole,” Melanie said.

The presentation slides are available via the links below.

For more information, please contact your WorkCover Queensland Relationship Manager, or call 1300 362 128.

Presentations and recordings

DibbsBarker presentation / DibbsBarker recording

Dr Graeme Edwards presentation / Dr Graeme Edwards recording

Dr Katrina Norris presentation / Dr Katrina Norris recording

New Hope Group presentation / New Hope Group recording

Lendlease Project Reach presentation / Lendlease Project Reach recording

Occupational Consultants Michelle Maclean presentation / Occupational Consultants Michelle Maclean recording

Last updated
29 May 2017

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WorkCover Queensland
Published: 02 Jun 2016
News type: News article
Topics: Return to work
Industry: Construction, Mining

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