Central Coast employers, rehabilitation and health providers interested in finding out more about the NSW workers compensation scheme will have the opportunity to meet with Insurance and Care (icare) NSW at a free event in Tumbi Umbi on Thursday 31 January.
Adam O’Leary, Relationship Manager in icare’s Mobile Engagement Team, said this January marks one year since the new claims service model was introduced.
“Over the past 12 months, my team has been travelling across the state providing employers with information about the new claims service model and listening to their feedback about their experiences with the workers compensation system,” Mr O’Leary said.
“The Central Coast has a large workforce of almost 79,000 employees. In the last year, 1,869 workers compensation claims were made by workers in the region, with 32% of these claims coming from the manufacturing industry.
“The rate of injuries among manufacturing workers on the Central Coast is also 88 per cent higher than the scheme’s state average for the industry.
“Given that the manufacturing sector makes up only 12 per cent of employees on the Central Coast, this is a clear sign that more needs to be done to reduce injuries in this sector,” Mr O’Leary said.
With these facts at our fingertips, we can work with local employers to better understand the unique aspects of their businesses and find ways to reduce the risk of injuries, assist in getting employees back to work sooner, and minimise the cost of workers insurance premiums, while effectively increasing productivity,” he said.
While psychological injuries account for only 4 per cent of workers compensation claims on the Central Coast, they are amongst the most costly, with the average days off for mental health claim being 14 per cent higher than the state average.
“We will also be hosting a special presentation at the forum to explore the value of social connections in the workplace. Research has shown that workplaces lacking social connections experience higher rates of injuries, increased absenteeism and presenteeism, which all have a significant impact on workplace productivity,” Mr O’Leary said.
Attendees of Thursday’s forum will also be able to speak one-on-one with icare workers insurance specialists, as well as representatives from EML, our scheme agent who delivers the workers compensation claims service on behalf of icare and Safe Work NSW.
“icare is changing the way people think about insurance and care. This forum is a chance for local employers to find out more about icare, and how icare might be able to work with them to create a safe, healthy and sustainable Central Coast region,” Mr O’Leary said.
Mingara Recreation Club, 12-14 Mingara Drive, Tumbi Umbi
Thursday, 31 January 2019, 9.30 am -12.00 pm