As part of the Ballarat Business Month, WorkSafe Victoria and the Ballarat Regional Occupational Safety and Health Group (BROSH) have hosted an interactive forum on 14 August aimed at helping employers in Ballarat and surrounding areas better understand how they can return mature workers back to work after injury or illness.
From July 2002 to December 2007, Ballarat reported 3,482 claims, costing over $54 million in treatment, rehabilitation and compensation costs. This is 848 claims and $17 million more than neighbouring Bendigo.
The session will provide local employers and Return to Work Coordinators with information about ways in which they can safely return older workers to the workforce including strategies that can help reduce the risks of injury and improve the timeframes for return to work.
A panel involving Irene Sutherland from the Ballarat Branch of CGU Workers Compensation, Paul Ryan from Oldies but Goodies Recruitment and WorkSafe will ensure local employers have an opportunity to have their questions answered.
According to WorkSafe Executive Director, Len Boehm, “One of the major challenges facing all employers – whether large or small – is how to respond to the impacts on their business of an ageing population.
“Helping an injured worker get back to work not only assists in the early recovery and rehabilitation of the worker, it reduces productivity losses and minimises the impact on an employer’s workplace injury insurance costs.
“Helping injured workers return to work in a safe and sustainable way can be a complex process and older workers need as much support as any other worker.”