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Host employment results in return to work

A service station operator secured a new job at Bunnings after recovering from a motorcycle accident on his way home from work.

The 31-year-old casual service station worker was hit by a car while riding his motorcycle home from work. He came down heavily on his right knee, sustaining an avulsion fracture.

As part of his treatment, the worker required anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction surgery and commenced physiotherapy 3 weeks later. He actively participated in his physiotherapy and exercise program over the next 2.5 months increasing his knee range of movement and strength over that time.  At 3 months post-surgery the injured worker was able to increase his strength component further with utilising gym equipment at the physiotherapy clinic.

Unfortunately, at the end of the worker's rehabilitation, there was no longer any work available for him with his existing employer.

Bunnings Mt Gravatt volunteered as a host employer and offered the worker a role in their building section once he was certified by his treating doctor to return to work on suitable duties.

The worker's host placement ran for eight weeks, commencing at 20 hours per week and increasing to 40 hours per week. His duties included customer service, stock recovery, ticketing, light cleaning and stocking shelves.

The worker used the placement opportunity with Bunnings to impress them with his work ethic and skills.

His efforts proved successful when, at the conclusion of the host placement, Bunnings offered him an ongoing casual position, with his same pre-injury work hours. The worker happily accepted his new role.

Bunnings' participation in the host employment program gave them the chance to trial the injured worker in the role without obligation at the end of the eight weeks, and also assist him in his return to work.

Their effort also helped to support quicker return to work rates for the retail industry, which impact on industry premium.

Find out more about how you can benefit from host employment.