Workplace Injuries

Signs and Symptoms

This includes all injuries acquired on the job, affecting your employee’s ability to work. Your employee may have a pre-existing condition that is aggravated due to workplace conditions or the injury may arise due to an accident. Injuries can also occur when your employee is travelling to, from or for work and can include:

Physical - cuts, abrasions, limb loss, spinal injury, brain injury, fractures, burns, industrial deafness, musculosketal conditions due to lifting or repetitive strain injury.

Psychological - such as anxiety or depression due
to social conditions at work, traumatic events or excessive stress experienced in their role.

Diseases - such as respiratory conditions, cancers caused by chemical exposure or aggravation of a pre-existing illness.

It’s best practise to conduct a risk assesment, identifying potential hazards in the workplace. This allows you to implement precautionary measures such as mandatory PPE, protecting staff from injury.

There were over 107 000 workers compensation claims from 2017-18

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Affect on Daily Life at Work

» Physical and neurological injuries may affect their ability to communicate resulting in reliance on sign language, assistive technology or an interpreter.

» Physical conditions may cause pain, discomfort, itching, phantom limb or numbness
» They may need extra support if their mobility and functional capacities are affected
» They may require rehabilitation or physical therapies in the workplace
» Disrupted sleep patterns due to pain or stress may lead to fatigue and heightened irritability, affecting workplace relationships
» They may experience mental health issues as they come to terms with their impairment

Workplace Support

» Avoid blame, remaining positive about their role in your workplace.
» Facilitate transitions into other roles during recovery
» Encourage communication about recovery, treatment and long-term effects of the injury
» Listen to and address any concerns about job security
» Conduct a workplace assessment and make any necessary modifications
» Work closely with their return to work and workers compensation case managers.
» Facilitate additional breaks for fatigue or to attend treatment therapies

For more information and rsources, visit Safe Work Australia

When Tyson became physically impaired, he faced barriers such as low self esteem, the loss of his licence and his independence. Despite this, he continues to look at the positives, focus on the here and now and not allow self-doubt to manifest.

Tyson goes above and beyond, especially when it comes to his job as a training instructor at Active Fitness. To get to work, he catches public transport from Kincumber to Doylson twice a week, leaving home in the early hours of the morning. A 3 hour round trip for a 4 hour shift.

That’s the kind of employee we’d want on our team.

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