The challenging environments of injury management in construction and coal mining in New South Wales

Biggs, Herbert C. & Dingsdag, Donald (2003) The challenging environments of injury management in construction and coal mining in New South Wales. Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling, 9(1), pp. 40-51.

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Workers’ compensation and disability management in the hazardous occupations of mining and construction are ongoing concerns for employers, employees, insurers and Governments. Rising insurance costs, options of self insurance models, highly competitive tendering, legislative rigidities, and escalating costs of compensation, have contributed to industry practices for injured workers that are driven by cost containment strategies rather than benchmarked disability management processes. In this article a critical review of legislation, industry practices, and published reports is undertaken with a view to outlining the adequacy of current and planned services and practices to meet the needs of injured workers in both sectors. Attention is also given to industrial practices that contra-indicate quality disability management processes. The authors detail a number of industrial and organisational operating environments which have arisen from legislative frameworks, financial constraints, and outdated disability management practices. They comment on the more recently introduced legislation and offer comment on its potential to drive benchmark changes in the building and coal mining sectors. Finally, suggestions are provided for more contemporary approaches to the insurance framework and return to work facilitation for injured workers.

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ID Code: 21929
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Workers’ compensation , disability management , mining
ISSN: 1323-8922
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Australian Academic Press Pty Ltd
Deposited On: 17 Jun 2009 13:00
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2016 03:43

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