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Worksafe on workers’ compensation laws

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Labour hire company, Adecco Industrial, pleaded guilty in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday 28 March to failing to prepare a return to work plan for an injured worker.

The Court heard that after a casual process worker at a Knoxfield clothing wholesaler suffered a back injury in November 2005, Adecco failed to prepare a return to work plan. Three months later a plan had still not been completed.

Adecco was charged with not complying with the workers’ compensation laws and was fined $3,000 and ordered to pay costs of $1,000 to the Victorian WorkCover Authority (VWA).

According to VWA, helping an injured worker return to work is good for the worker, their families, workmates and for business.

This 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.

Followed by simply staying in touch with an injured worker, the preparation of a return to work plan is a critical step in the process of assisting injured workers back into the workplace.

According to VWA, that identifying and prosecuting cases like this helps to build awareness among employers about their legal obligations to support injured workers and the importance of helping an injured worker return to work.

The VWA is committed to doing everything it can to ensure injured workers receive the care and support they need to re-enter the workplace.

Employers who ignore their responsibilities will be penalised.

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