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Case Study (I) - OH&S and Risk Management - Factory Worker
The workplace did not have up to date OH & S procedures. There were no
recognised duties that could be confirmed as suitable for workers who
sustained an injury and needed rehabilitation back into the workplace and
their pre injury status. No task analysis had been undertaken of the full
duties tasks at the workplace or the suitable duties. This task analysis is
used as a reference for the range of tasks available to be used as suitable
duties and produces a standard or guide to when the injured worker can
attempt and then return to pre injury status and finalise the recovery
We attended the workplace and observed both the normal duties and those
duties suitable for the return of injured workers. The individual tasks
were analysed and two documents were produced. The first being a list of
suitable duties which indicated availability and suitability for various
levels of the workforce, the second list, a task analysis which clearly
identifies to any treating medical professionals the physical requirements
of the tasks involved in performing their pre-injury work tasks.
A Safety Pack (Subby Pack) was developed by us for our client. The pack met
all the current WorkCover requirements and those normally asked for by
The Safety Pack enabled our client to obtain a number of lucrative
contracts, expand their operation and improve their business.
The client had OH & S procedures in place and a return to work program
that met the legislative requirements. Workers previously unable to be
rehabilitated were quickly returned to their normal duties or otherwise
moved on to more appropriate employment without undue delay and the costs
associated with that.
Unfortunately a number of workplace injuries did occur, however the
employer was not given any improvement notices or otherwise accused of
failing to maintain a safe workplace as he had done everything reasonable
to ensure that the safety standards took a high priority and were followed.
What the client say's
I have picked up a number of great contracts, I have had to outsource or
subby out some of the work, it's been challenging but great. We didn't
think we would get the workers sorted out so quickly. I feel better about
not being exposed by having attended to safe systems and processes.