A workers compensation/workcover case manager posted a tip via our anonymous share a workcover tip /share your story facility. However, the “tip” proved to be one in favour of workcover insurances and employers!!!The anonymous workcover “case manager” [uses the term claims adjuster] explains that a lot of employers would benefit from using in-house video cameras and surveillance devices to monitor employees!
Because is important to properly document, record, and use surveillance even for minor work injuries. These surveillance cameras can also deter criminal activity, the case managers states.
Workcover case manager says install surveillance cameras in workplace
According to the source, surveillance cameras should be installed “not to spy” on employees (!) but but to be able to record events when no witnesses are present. The workcover case manager explains that this is about substantiating the work cover claim and the work injury.
“Take for example a worker who reported being on the floor for 15 minutes before being able to get up and seek help after an injury, but what evidence is there to support this report with no witnesses?”
Surveillance cameras are the silent witness, the case manager says.
“Finding even one fraudulent workcover claim can save a lot of money for the employer”!
Surveillance cameras in the workplace reduces horseplay says workcover case manager
“In an example case, the injured worker lied to the doctor about for example a pallet falling, when the worker was actually injured while running and flipping into a rolling cart while co-workers stood by and laughed…”
In this example case, s/he writes, the injured worker required surgery. Since cameras caught the worker behaving inappropriately, the claim was denied. The employee deceived the boss, doctors, and the claim adjuster about how the injury occurred.
The anonymous workcover case manager advises that an employer will find it very beneficial to have cameras installed especially when insurance premiums are also reduced.
My seriously injured thoughts:
Thank you for the story, L.J. With no offense to you personally, I wonder who is benefiting the most here? The employer or the workers compensation / workcover insurance company? I mean considering that worker fraud accounts for less than 1 to 2 percent of fraud, installing surveillance cameras would hardly “return on investment”, eh? And what about invasion of privacy? Would you like to be filmed picking your nose?
It is an entire different matter altogether if one is talking about the need for a security system (security cameras).