Risk vs Reward: Partnering with industry to reduce risk and make a positive difference

Risk vs Reward: Partnering with industry to reduce risk and make a positive difference

WorkCover Queensland vision is to make a positive difference and keep Queenslanders working. While not reducing its focus on return to work, WorkCover has recently added influencing and investing in injury risk reduction into its corporate purpose.

Partnering with industry (employer and union) groups, WHSQ and other key stakeholders and assisted by professional WHS advice and support through AHIS, in 2019/20 WorkCover Queensland has launched a series of injury risk reduction initiative (IRRI) pilots focusing on risk advisory/management and injury prevention as well as return to work initiatives.

Some of these initiatives include supporting establishment of an industry wide peer to peer support network for mental health in the transport industry, development of a new patient handling tool for aged care, support of an anti-aggression campaign in the retail sector and identification of targeted equipment to reduce the risk of forklift injuries. These are in addition to strategies that assist to reduce risk for individual high risk and small/new business employers.

While ultimate return on investment targets of reduced claim numbers and costs are unable to be measured yet, initial indicators are that these pilots have been successful in terms of enhanced industry knowledge and support, extremely positive engagement by participants, and understanding the frameworks needed to enable injury risk reduction in the workplace. These represent significant lessons and insights for industry.

This presentation will provide an overview and insights from these initiatives to be delivered jointly by both WorkCover Queensland and AIHS.