John Bowler

John Bowler

Former Minister for Local Government; Employment Protection; Racing and Gaming; Goldfields-Esperance and Great Southern

    Campaign improves awareness of workers' compensation

    7/08/2006 2:59 PM
     
    7/8/06

    WorkCover WA has inspected more than 1,300 Perth businesses as part of a heightened compliance campaign and will expand its focus to Bunbury.

    Employment Protection Minister John Bowler said the WorkCover inspectors had visited Perth businesses as part of the campaign, following on from the recent reform of workers’ compensation legislation in Western Australia.

    “The campaign aims to work collaboratively with commerce and industry to improve awareness of the changes and help businesses to comply with the requirements of workers’ compensation,” Mr Bowler said.

    “The WorkCover inspectors have been visiting employers in a range of industries and checking for current workers’ compensation policies, injury management systems and return to work programs.

    “Workers’ compensation laws now ensure injured workers are cared for by accessing appropriate medical treatment and by giving them the opportunity to be gainfully employed following their workplace injury.”

    The Minister said the State Government was serious about its role of ensuring that employers complied with the Act and had workers' compensation policies and injury management programs in place for their workers.

    “We must be sure employers provide a work environment which protects and supports workers if they are injured at work and WorkCover WA has its compliance and field officers on the road to enable us to reach more WA businesses,” he said.

    “Workers must feel confident that if they are injured at work, they will be supported both financially and medically, and assisted in their return to work.”

    The campaign is continuing throughout Perth and will visit Bunbury this month.

    More information about workers’ compensation, injury management and return to work programs are available from the WorkCover WA website at http://www.workcover.wa.gov.au or by contacting the WorkCover WA Infoline on 1300 794 744.

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