Improving health, safety outcomes for the beef industry
22 Feb 2013
Today WorkCover Queensland with Workplace Health and Safety Queensland held a forum for employers in the beef industry to help them improve health, safety and injury management outcomes.
Customer Services Manager Kylie Maras who manages the agriculture industry said the forum was well received.
"The group of around 21 attendees were particularly interested in the case study of a quad bike accident.
"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 a great outcome. It also demonstrated how a shorter claim reduces the impact of costs on the employer's premium," Kylie said.
There have been 942 new claims in agriculture so far this financial year. Only 30 per cent of these have seen an injured worker be able to stay at work following injury.
"When you consider wages payments for the remaining 70 per cent and that it currently takes 47 days for a first return to work this cost adds up, which also impacts premium.
"Treatment and rehabilitation costs contribute as well with the average monthly cost of a claim being $3,500."
Employers can help an injured worker by applying strategies as simple as maintaining open and regular communication.
"It is so important to maintain a good relationship between the employer and injured worker, as is preparing the rest of the work team for the return of an injured worker, and supporting them during the recovery," Kylie added.
"There has been request to have one closer to Rockhampton so we will look at this in the future and consider filming it so others can see it. The next forum will be for the Banana Industry in April, possibly in Tully."