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Injury Management Seminar for the Meat Industry. 2 Major Pieces of Legislation Covering Workers Compensation and Injury Management in NSW Workers Compensation.

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1 Injury Management Seminar for the Meat Industry

2 2 Major Pieces of Legislation Covering Workers Compensation and Injury Management in NSW Workers Compensation Workers Compensation Act 1987 Workers Compensation Regulation 2003 Workplace Injury Management Workplace Injury Management (WIM) & Workers Compensation Act 1998 WIM & W/Compensation Regulation 2002 (Tonight’s seminar relates to this legislation)

3 LEGISLATION REQUIREMENTS Workplace Injury Management & Workers Compensation Act prompt treatment of injuries, - effective and pro-active management of injuries - rehabilitation of injured worker - Promote return to work ASAP WIM & W/Comp. Regulation Return to Work (RTW) Program - Significant Injury - Return to Work (RTW) Plan

4 What is Injury Management (WIM) and why is it important? It is the process of getting an injured worker back to work as soon as they are able. Early return to work (RTW) can reduce: - lost productivity, - poor morale, - the possible loss of a valued worker - replacement cost - loss of customers

5 The I.M. Kit: Contents Injury Management Booklet: - Introduction - Pre-injury obligations - Action when an injury occurs - The post incident process - Dealing with w/comp. fraud - FAQ’s - Legislation & guidance material - IM & W/Comp. resources - Access to further information - Contacts

6 The I.M. Kit: Contents cont’d FORMS Item 1. Pre Incident Checklist Sheet Item 2. Immediately Following Incident Checklist Sheet Item 3. Post Incident RTW Checklist Sheet Item 4. Register of Injuries Item 5. First Aid Regulation Provisions Item 6. Letter to Nominated Treating Doctor Item 7. Checklist of Activities and Working Conditions Item 8. Sample Return to Work Plan

7 The I.M. Kit: Contents cont’d Item 9. ‘Watching Out for You’ Poster Item 10. Workers Compensation Claim Form Item 11. WorkCover Medical Certificate and notes Item 12. Standard RTW Program – (for Category 2 Employers) Item 13. Fraud Referral Forms – employer, insurer, worker/other Item 14. List of WorkCover NSW offices

8 PRE INJURY OBLIGATIONS Employer - RTW Program -Register of Injuries -First Aid Kit -First Aid Officer (more than 25 workers) -Workers Comp. Claim Forms -‘Watching Out for You’ – Poster Insurer (Agent) - Injury Management (I.M.) Program

9 ACTION WHEN AN INJURY OCCURS Case Study – Worker slips over and seriously injures back. - Report injury to employer/call for help - Isolate machinery or area, if required - Render first aid - Arrange ambulance or other transport - Conduct investigation/interview injured worker and witnesses - Record details in Register of Injuries - Notify Insurer - Obtain WorkCover medical certificate from injured worker, if required by Insurer

10 POST INCIDENT PROCESS What To Do - Communicate with NTD, worker, Rehabilitation Provider - Determine Suitable Duties subject to what is available and their restrictions - Effect upon other workers - Prepare a RTW Plan - Maintain Contact with NTD - Review and Upgrade RTW Plan - Rehabilitation elsewhere

11 WORKERS COMPENSATION FRAUD Types of fraud - false claim - overcharging - prolonging claim - false diagnosis - working elsewhere (most common) Reporting fraudulent activity - Insurer/WorkCover NSW Referral forms - by employer, insurer and worker

12 Recap REMEMBER: 1. Your Pre Injury obligations 2. What to do when an incident occurs 3. The RTW Process 4. What to do if you detect fraudulent activity

13 THANK YOU DON’T LET AN INJURY IN YOUR WORKPLACE MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE AT THE MERCY OF OTHERS


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