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2015-08-17

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Work health and safety incidents at Post

Has an injury, illness or dangerous incident occurred at your workplace? If so, your supervisor may be legally required to notify Comcare about what has happened. An incident is notifiable if it results in the death, serious injury or serious illness of a person or involves a dangerous incident.

During the past year a total of 50 dangerous and serious incidents including, 2 fatalities were reported by Post to Comcare.

Some of the dangerous and serious incidents that were reported included exposure to toxic substances, electric shock, diesel spillage on dock, uncontrolled fire/smoke from B-Double truck, collisions with trucks and cars, bitten by dogs, trapped under truck, falls from motorcycles, fall of metal from roof, trips and hand and fingers trapped in machines.

The effects of these notifiable incidents on workers are significant resulting in death, electric shock, amputation, serious head injury, toxic effects of substances, fractures, lacerations, soft tissue injuries, muscle and tendon strains, bruising and crushing.

The requirement to notify Comcare also triggers a requirement to preserve the incident site. This is designed to preserve any evidence that may assist an Inspector to determine the cause of the incident. Penalties apply if an individual or body corporate fails to preserve a site.

If you are injured at work:

  1. Report the injury,
  2. Get medical advice/treatment,
  3. Fill out forms and keep copies,
  4. Claim workers’ compensation
  5. If you have any difficulties lodging your claim with your manager/supervisor call the CWU immediately.

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