The Injured Workers Support Network of NSW has conducted a survey covering a range of injured workers. The preliminary results from their first 300 surveys have been compiled and revealed some important findings, which warrant serious consideration by the O’Farrell government…
Preliminary results of injured workers survey by the IWSN
Preliminary results of the Injured Workers Support Network’s first 300 returned surveys from injured workers …..
The results from the IWSN first 300 injured workers surveys have been compiled.The survey and subsequent interviews revealed a number of interesting and important findings that warrant serious consideration by the O’ Farrell government as they begin the make the workers compensation system even ‘meaner”.
The survey covered injured workers from a range of sectors including transport,warehousing and logistics, education, health, construction and the public service.
- A comparison between pre and post injury earnings showed a s substantial drop in earnings
- 71% their partner had to increase/take up work in order to cope financially
- 37% had claims that were currently in dispute
- 59% of injured workers reported having contemplated suicide as a result of their injury
- 55% said their relationships had suffered significantly
- 34% said they were now separated or divorced
- 23% had been forced to change their living arrangements
- 16% were reliant on welfare and charity for assistance with everyday living expenses
- 65% reported their health was ‘much worse’ off than before their work related injury or illness
Any new reforms must:
- SIMPLIFY the claims management processes and force insurers to deal with workers in a humane and respectful way.
- MAINTAIN the ability to make a journey claim for those injured on the way to and from work
- MAINTAIN payments and treatment for those still ill or injured –way beyond 2 years suggested in the Issues Paper
- FORCE employers to genuinely attempt to return the injured to work
- ENSURE lump sum payments are available to injured workers
- ENSURE step downs in payments do not form part of the reforms as this will lead to further losses of peoples homes and families
- Make sure injured workers are not worse off!!
Please leave your comments on their survey as posted on the IWSN website.What do you think of this?