Injury claims are used by workers recover financial compensation injuries sustained at work. Psychological injuries are among the most common workplace injuries but unlike in physical injuries, affected do not always initiate a claim.
So, what should an employer do in such a circumstance? In all jurisdictions, it is the responsibility of employers to ensure that workers have adequate information about their rights and entitlements. Failure to effect that in addition to any other breaches of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 can result in penalties.
As such it becomes essential for employers to invest in ensuring the workplace is safe and that all hazards have been eliminated.
Tips on preventing psychological claims
Worker’s compensations constitute some of the biggest expenses for businesses all across the nation. Payments include medical bills and compensation for lost time and wage. It is thus important to be smart about your policy and maintain claims at a minimum. Here are two important tips for preventing psychological injuries in the workplace.
- Make employee safety a priority
By default, a reduction in the occurrence of psychological injuries will result in reduced claims. Measures should be incorporated to ensure that employees stick the set safety procedures. Providing employees with safety information sends a message about the importance of safety at the company and this in turn help to increase employee compliance.
- Take Action When a Claim Occurs
Register all injuries and write down a detailed injury report for each. This should then be sent to the insurance company within the shortest time possible to enable early an intervention and subsequently, the elimination of any fraudulent claims.
At Recovery Partners we can help minimise the occurrence of psychological claims in your company. If you’re interested, you can enquire online here.
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Disclaimer – these articles are provided to supply general safety information to people responsible for OHS in their organisation. They are general in nature and do not substitute for legal and/or professional advice. We always suggest that organisations obtain information specific to their needs. Additional information can be found at www.workcover.nsw.au
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