Whether an injury occurred at work, or outside of work hours, returning to work after sustaining an injury, or any extended period of leave, can feel overwhelming. This is particularly the case where the injury occurred at work if the employee feels nervous about another incident occurring. (This should not be the case, as after an incident, there should be responsive action to reduce the likelihood of this occurring again.)

Fortunately, there are simple steps both staff and employers can take, to reduce the stress of this transitional process. Ideally, reducing time away from work after an injury, and supporting staff on their return will improve this transition. Research has shown that having extended time off reduces the likelihood of an employee returning to the workforce post-injury. … keep reading

Supporting good mental health is important for all of us, but this month, being Tradies Health Month, we’re turning our attention specifically to the construction industry. Did you know that there is a significantly higher rate of suicide in the construction industry, with over one in 20 construction industry workers contemplating suicide each year? This research, commissioned by the Building Employee’s Redundancy Trust (BERT), is both sad and alarming. As employers, we can all do our part to improve these numbers, which benefits both the individuals and the workplace in general.

 

Mental health is an extremely complex area, where there’s not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution. We’ve compiled some ideas that may work for you or your organisation and we’d love to hear your ideas too. … keep reading

Do you know a tradie who is always too keen to show off their strength, without practising safe lifting techniques? It’s a recipe for disaster, and if they’re at work, it could mean a long and drawn our workers’ compensation claim too! August is Tradies Health Month, supported by the Australian Physiotherapy Association, so we’re using this month to bring you straightforward info to help keep tradies safe and healthy.

 

Tradies are over-represented in serious WorkCover claims in Queensland, in part due to the nature of the work, and possibly, in part because of a ‘she’ll be right’ attitude that can exist in some workplaces. Tradies often put their bodies on the line to get things done, which can result in injuries and accidents. Sprains and strains, along with chronic joint and muscle conditions account for around 37% of all serious WorkCover injuries in the construction industry in Queensland; some of which can be easily preventable. … keep reading

Are you aware of the Codes of Practice relevant to your industry? In Queensland, Codes of Practice (or equivalent or higher standards) must be followed by employers, otherwise, enforcement action can be taken by a safety inspector. This is due to changes that came into force from 1 July. Previously, inspectors could only issue improvement notices, or other enforcement action, for breaches of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 or the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011.

 

Although this may sound daunting, Codes of Practice are a more practical resource which can help you to achieve the required health and safety standards for your industry, whilst also helping identify and manage hazards and risks.

 

It is possible that more than one Code of Practice could apply to your workplace. For example, many businesses would need to follow the following Codes of Practice (CoP): … keep reading

Last month, a worker on the Gold Coast was struck and subsequently run over by a forklift in the loading bay of an industrial workplace. The worker suffered serious injuries to his leg and shoulder. Investigations are underway as to how the incident occurred and how to prevent a similar incident in the future. Although all workplaces are different and need to be assessed individually, there are some common aspects of working safely around forklifts, we’ve covered just a few of them for you: … keep reading

Did you know that helping your staff to be more physically active can also increase their productivity? According to new research, released as part of Heart Week (from 29 April – 6 May), Associate Professor Nicholas Gilson, from the University of Queensland, completed a pilot study, which suggests a link between activity-promoting desks and factors that influence productivity.

 

According to the study, more than half of participants performed better in the attention task after using a sit/stand desk, as did a third of the sit/walk (treadmill) desk users. There’s no ‘one size fits all’ approach that works for every role in every business, so we’ve put together some of our own ideas to keep active at work. … keep reading

Have you noticed how many people are suffering from their first head cold of the ‘cooler’ seasons? Potentially the first of many through the cold and flu season. Often, we see people powering on at work through their cough and cold, but, the evidence shows it’s not great from a productivity point of view, and nor is it good for their colleagues who then also end up sick.