RETURN TO WORK PROGRAM FOR INJURED WORKERS

It is Pacific Hoists policy to:

  • Prevent injury and illness by providing a safe and healthy working environment.
  • Ensure that return-to-work as soon as possible after an injury is normal practice and expectation.
  • Ensure early access to rehabilitation services for workers who need them.
  • Consult with the worker’s nominated treating doctor about return-to-work.
  • Provide suitable duties, where practicable, for an injured worker.
  • Consult with workers to ensure that Return-to-Work programs operate effectively.
  • Ensure that participation in a Return-to-Work program will not, in itself, prejudice an injured worker.
  • Participate and co-operate with our insurer’s injury management plan
  • Advise workers that refusal to cooperate with an injury management plan may result in suspension of weekly benefits.
  • Inform workers of their rights in relation to a workers compensation claim.
  • Maintain confidentiality of rehabilitation records.
  • Comply with Workplace Safety authority Guidelines if and when issued.

PROCEDURES

1. WHEN AN INJURY OR ILLNESS OCCURS

The worker must notify the employer as soon as possible after an injury occurs. Pacific Hoists must notify our insurer within 48 hours of a workplace injury in which the worker is likely to be off normal duties for 7 or more days and must notify of all other workplace injuries within 7 days. Pacific Hoists’ OH&S Officer will contact the injured worker to ensure that appropriate medical attention is received and to prepare the injured worker for a safe and timely return to work consistent with medical advice.

2. NOMINATING A TREATING DOCTOR

The worker must nominate a Treating Doctor who will be responsible for medical management of the injury and co-operate with the development and implementation of the Return-to-Work program and Injury Management Plan.

3. INVOLVING A REHABILITATION PROVIDER

When the injured worker is not likely to resume previous duties or cannot do so without alteration to the workplace or work practices will consult with the Nominated Treating Doctor, and/or the Nominated Rehabilitation Provider to obtain assistance and guidance. Pacific Hoists’ preferred Rehabilitation Provider is noted below. NB: The worker has the right to choose his/her own Nominated Treating Doctor and Rehabilitation Provider.
It is Pacific Hoists policy to:

  • Prevent injury and illness by providing a safe and healthy working environment.
  • Ensure that return-to-work as soon as possible after an injury is normal practice and expectation.
  • Ensure early access to rehabilitation services for workers who need them.
  • Consult with the worker’s nominated treating doctor about return-to-work.
  • Provide suitable duties, where practicable, for an injured worker.
  • Consult with workers to ensure that Return-to-Work programs operate effectively.
  • Ensure that participation in a Return-to-Work program will not, in itself, prejudice an injured worker.
  • Participate and co-operate with our insurer’s injury management plan
  • Advise workers that refusal to cooperate with an injury management plan may result in suspension of weekly benefits.
  • Inform workers of their rights in relation to a workers compensation claim.
  • Maintain confidentiality of rehabilitation records.
  • Comply with Workplace Safety authority Guidelines if and when issued.

4. FINDING SUITABLE DUTIES

The OH&S Officer, in consultation with the Nominated Treating Doctor, will ensure that individual return-to-work strategies are developed for each injured worker. Suitable duties for partially incapacitated workers will be meaningful, productive and consistent with remaining capabilities.

5. CONSULTATION

The OH&S Officer will consult with workers prior to any arrangement for the return of an injured worker on suitable duties.

6. DISPUTES

The OH&S Officer will try to resolve disputes by consulting with the worker, the Treating Doctor and the Rehabilitation Provider.