Most Australians don’t worry about workplace accidents when they look for employment. It’s often assumed that every business maintains safe operations and makes employee well being a priority. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Some companies may be negligent while other professions are naturally more dangerous than others. Anyone who has a job could find themselves injured at some point and in need of compensation.
Employer Responsibility for On the Job Injuries
The good news is that there are laws in place to protect employees when they suffer an injury at work. The Industrial Relations Act of Queensland outlines the specific responsibilities of employers when it comes to safety in the workplace.
This provision covers the space you work in. The environment should be made reasonable safe, including all systems and facilities.
Safe Equipment and Substance Handling
Employees should be provided the necessary tools and knowledge required to safely handle substances and equipment. This provision includes a storage area for hazardous materials.
Safety Training & Supervision
All employees must be given proper safety training and access to related information. This provision also includes adequate supervision to ensure that everyone adheres to the training.
Protection from Harassment
Employers are also responsible for maintaining a healthy workplace that’s free of harassment. This includes all forms of harassment and bullying.
Companies that do not adhere to the provisions set forth by the Industrial Relations Act of Queensland may be subject to serious penalties. It is in every employer’s best interest to follow the guidelines found in the Act to avoid fines and to ensure the well-being and safety of everyone they employ.
What to Do When You Are Injured on the Job
It’s best to take action immediately and not leave things to chance when you suffer a workplace injury. Make sure the following steps are taken to document the incident and protect yourself:
- Provide notification of the injury within 48 hours of the incident – sooner is better!
- If the injury is serious, reach out to WorkCover
- Fill out all necessary forms related to injury compensation
It is best to complete each task as soon as possible. This provides a paper trail and allows you and your employer to take any necessary action right away.
What Workplace Injuries are Eligible for Compensation?
The definition of a workplace injury is pretty broad. While most people only think of physical injuries, there are actually others that are eligible for compensation. These include contracting illnesses and psychological trauma that can result from witnessing an event. What injuries are considered eligible for compensation?
- Any injury suffered while commuting to or from work or while travelling for work.
- Diseases contracted or worsened as a result of being at work or performing work-related tasks.
- Injury caused at or resulting from work, including those suffered while on break.
Recovering from a Workplace Accident
While you physically heal, make sure you also prepare for any financial setbacks that come about due to your workplace accident. Contact our legal professionals now to request a claim assessment.
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