A bullying complaint to WorkSafe leaves injured worker beyond shock

We received a share your story from an injured worker who made a complaint to WorkSafe about bullying in his workplace. The response he received from WorkSafe left him beyond shock. Repeated exposure to this bullying has left him expecting nothing less than total corruption and typical “cover up” for the bully and no enforcement of Worksafe’s OHS Act. Bullies are just encouraged to bully even more…

A bullying complaint to WorkSafe leaves injured worker beyond shock

I just received a “response” from an OHS inspector at Worksafe, in response to my bullying complaint. Firstly I was told that my employer’s bullying behaviour was just “bad manners”.

Then I was asked for my work cover compensation claim number. I asked why they needed the claim number, as I thought they would be doing their own investigations, as they are a separate branch of Worksafe.

Apparently not. Their response was “We have noted your comments and are keeping your emails on file”, they didn’t even answer my question.

Then next time I spoke with the insurer they told me that they knew all about my bullying complaint to Worksafe. WTF?????

Anyway, the OH and S inspector then told me that I would be provided with a full written response to my questions.

The written response includes no answers to my questions (surprise surprise!) and of course they have determined (after reading the insurer’s investigation report) that my employer’s response was reasonable in the circumstances and that my allegations have not met Worksafe’s criteria for Workplace bullying.

Of course my employer’s response was full of lies, they even claimed to not know what type of injury I had when I was employed under the WISE program!

The employer claims that I had provoked and manipulated them and that they were terrified of me, while they gave me two warnings in less than a week and then after I reported the re-aggravation of my injury they told me I had revoked my rights to employment!
I am beyond shock. That is the worst part, repeated exposure to this bullying has left me expecting nothing less than total corruption and typical “cover up” for the bully and no enforcement of Worksafe’s OHS Act. Bullies are just encouraged to bully even more.

There is simply no protection for injured workers.

Again, the law is broken, the bully walks away about $25,000 richer from participating in the government incentive program, and the worker is re-injured then tossed out on the street to try to find a new job.

Why isn’t Worksafe investigating? Seems that they are just lazy and really can’t be bothered.

Thanks to this employer (who was apparently “terrified” of me) I am now penniless and eating barely one meal a day, facing possible homelessness and the impending doom of severe debt.

Oh and did they pay my super or annual leave? Are you kidding? Of course not! There’s another bundle of red tape for me to tackle! There is simply no time to even think about looking for work when you are dealing with this rubbish.

Injury on top of injury, I am now too frightened to enter any new workplace. I no longer feel safe.

Thanks Worksafe for making me feel even more UNSAFE than I did before!

I doubt whether I will ever be able to work again. I went through months of job seeking to find a new job after my first injury, as of course, no employer can cope with the terrifying threat of a monstrous injured worker.

Mention the word “Workcover” or “psychological injury” in a job interview and you may as well not even bother, you may as well just put “TERRIFYING LIABILITY” in big red letters on your CV.

WORK. SAFE?

Sadly, it is much safer to just go to Centrelink.
I heard recently that some doctors have started recommending to their work-injured patients not to make Workcover claims as there is just too much stress and potential further injury in store for them.

So… now I am part of the Centrelink queue, even though I have 20+ years experience in my field.

I keep thinking that Worksafe should give the injured worker the funds of the WISE program to start their own small business or re-educate themselves. Instead it goes to the employer, as a government bribe to just re-injure the worker and make sure they can’t work ever again!!!

 

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Trinny
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Medical professionals are very hesitant to put any of their patients on stress leave because of bullying. They prefer to incorporate the injury with a physical injury. Unless you’ve been hospitalised for trauma and there are records the injury relates to work. The worker will be psychologically assessed by the insurance company working for you employer. It is traumatic and usually the claim is denied. Your Dr knows the trauma involved and will be hesitant in making your condition worse. HR’s do not work for the employees. If they did bullying wouldn’t be such a workplace issue. Your formal complaint… Read more »
workcovervictim
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Thank you so much for sharing your ordeal with WorkSafe “inspectors” and their typical investigations into workplace bullying. Unfortunately, from the many stories and our interactions with injured workers, it seems ‘normal procedure’ for WorkSafe to handle ‘bullying’. Many injured workers have also reported that the behaviour of some worksafe inspectors was nothing short of bullying! The question is, how can an organisation that is rife with internal bullying ‘investigate’ bullying? My own serious bullying, harassment and intimidation complaint on the part of my (former) employer, the insurer and their rehab provider, which was even witnessed and documented by my… Read more »