OCTOBER IS NATIONAL SAFE WORK MONTH... Make sure YOU know what to do if you or a loved one is injured at work.
All workers have the right to a healthy and safe working environment, regardless of the work they do.
Sadly, according to Safe Work Australia up to 200 workers are fatally injured at work and around 120,000 workers are compensated for a serious work-related injury or illness each year.
Work-related fatalities, injuries and illnesses have a huge impact on individuals, their families and the broader community. It important to know what you can do if something happens at work in an incident or over a period of time (eg. repetitive strain type injuries or psychological injuries) to you or someone you care about.
Here’s a Checklist of things to consider if injured at work:
- Report the incident to management or your supervisor
- Make note of any witnesses to the incident, eg co-workers, customers or clients
- Make sure the incident is recorded by your workplace and an incident report form is completed
- Only sign the incident report form if it is accurate and includes all the relevant details
- See your own doctor
- Take the time you need to recover after a work injury, as advised by your doctor.
- Find out what you’re entitled to by researching yourself and don’t take the word of others, including your supervisors.
If you are not sure what to do after an accident or what your rights are, it’s a good idea to contact a compensation lawyer. There are very strict time limits, so it’s best to understand your position as soon as possible. Our GKS Law compensation team are highly trained to guide you through this process when needed. Contact us for a free, no obligation consultation to better understand your rights.
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