WorkCover Qld launches national workplace injury program

Monday, 12 February, 2024

WorkCover Qld launches national workplace injury program

PeopleIN has launched a program to support injured workers to return to work sooner while reducing risk and costs for Australian employers. The new pilot program, supported by WorkCover Queensland, is designed to facilitate the safe resumption of suitable employment for injured employees, providing a smooth transition while considering health and capabilities, after what can be a trying time. With the help of the Recover at Work program, employers can keep experienced workers and their corporate knowledge, while receiving protection in case of re-injury.

PeopleIN’s Head of Recover at Work, Kerryn Stewartson, said injuries have a big impact on the employee, their daily life and career. “For employers it can mean the loss of knowledge and experience while the worker recovers, with impacts to productivity and team morale common. It’s in the interest of both parties for the worker to return to work as soon as they’re able.”

Stewartson added that host employers are cautious about a recovering worker further hurting themselves, which can place them at risk of costs if further injury occurs. “That’s what makes our Recover at Work program unique. It supports injured workers to return to site while indemnifying clients against risk of costs from further injury. Workcover Queensland have adopted our Recover At Work program and we’re now the only labour hire company running a host client indemnity pilot program in the country,” Stewartson said.

The Recover at Work program has been named a finalist at the Safe Work and Return to Work Awards and was also Highly Commended for Best Return & Recovery at Work System at the National Safety Council of Australia awards. The program will be rolled out nationally over the coming year, to enhance workplace injury management and recovery across Australia.

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