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Case Study (E) - Injury Management - Construction Worker
This employee had a steel "I beam" tip over on his left foot just behind
the steel cap resulting in a fractured metatarsal, resulting in swelling
and the inability to wear work boots for a period. The initial estimate by
the insurer was $17,919.40.
We organised with the NTD and the employer that he could return to some
light work soon after the injury as long as he continued to wear a Cam
boot. He was able to sit and stand at his discretion. The worker was moved
off site to the factory yard where he performed suitable duties including
cleaning, stocking and sorting equipment, spray painting of scaffold and
odd office duties. This to continue until his fracture was healed enough to
return to a work site.
The worker returned to his pre injury duties 6 weeks after the date of
injury. The time loss was minimal. The insurer reduced the estimate to just
the initial time loss plus medicals.
What the client say's
Our client was impressed with the attitude and the flexibility of the
worker and had considered him for a promotion. The worker has started back
as a leading hand. This process clearly showed that a workplace injury need
not adversely affect company logistics or appropriate staff advancement.