Sustaining an injury at work is a scary and frustrating experience. It’s important to stay calm and act in the safest, most effective manner in order to minimise the damage and ensure that you are following the proper policies and procedures for workplace injury management.
The first priority is to obtain the proper first aid or other medical treatment that is necessary. Without the appropriate medical care, the injury could become worse as time goes on. It is also of utmost importance to notify your supervisor as quickly as possible and to file a written report of the incident in accordance to your workplace’s policy as well as your local health and safety legislation. This is crucial to ensuring that you will have access to all of the resources necessary during the injury rehabilitation procedures.
Work Injury Rehabilitation
If the injury is likely to prevent you from carrying out your usual tasks for greater than four weeks, icare recommends the involvement of a workplace rehabilitation provider to ensure a safe, timely and durable return to work. Services provided may include:
- Initial needs assessment
- Workplace assessment
- Return to work planning
- Medical conferences
- Activities of daily living assessment
- Functional capacity evaluation
- Ergonomic assessment
- Vocational assessment
- Rehabilitation counselling/adjustment to injury counselling
A workplace injury can affect your life in many ways including physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, and financially. It is necessary for the injured party, employer, allied health service professionals, and insurers to work together in order to ensure that the employee is able to make a full and timely recovery, maintain their lifestyle, and return to work healthily and safely.
Rehabilitation Injury Management
Workplace rehabilitation case management is the coordinated arrangement of services to injured workers in order to expedite a safe, timely, enduring, and cost effective return to work. This is a complex process, and the methods used vary depending on the circumstances of each case. Sometimes this will lead the injured party back to their previous position, a new position in the same company, or a role with a new organisation.
Enlisting a third-party to handle the particulars of this convoluted process produces numerous benefits for all parties involved. The injured party is provided a thorough evaluation of their current situation and all possible outcomes, along with the steps necessary to achieve these. Employers are able to hand over the complicated and tedious paperwork to experts, so they can focus on making sure this type of incident never occurs again. Insurers get to deal with professionals with years of experience handling claims in order to facilitate efficient and effective treatments. Hoys Work Health has been providing comprehensive workplace rehabilitation services to members of the Northern New South Wales community since 1994. It is our mission to make sure that any injured employee has access to the highest quality of care in order to ensure a full recovery. Over the years we have developed a reliable network of allied healthcare professionals that we trust to keep our community healthy and safe.