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WorkCover NSW is currently conducting a workers compensation blitz.

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WorkCover NSW is currently conducting a workers compensation blitz.

As reported in HR Link on 1 August 1996, the Government granted NSW employers a three month amnesty (ending 31 October) in which to take out workers compensation insurance without being penalised for failing to do so in the past.

As was also reported, WorkCover planned to blitz employers during November to ensure that workers compensation insurance had been taken out.

In accordance with its earlier promise, WorkCover is now in the process of conducting a State wide blitz of employers. Although WorkCover is apparently targeting specific industries (transport, construction), no industry is exempt. All WorkCover Inspectors are involved in the blitz, which has seen more than 1000 companies investigated in the last month.

The questions the inspectors have been asking of employers have been:

  • do you have a Workers Compensation Policy?;
  • are your premiums up to date?;
  • do you have a summary of the Workers Compensation Act 1987posted on a wall somewhere accessible to employees?;
  • do you have a Register of Injuries book, in which to record the specific details required under the Workers Compensation Act 1987and the First Aid Regulation 1989 (available from WorkCover for $6, and a similar pad is available from MMI)?;
  • do you have a Rehabilitation Policy and Program?;
  • if you have more than 20 employees, have you nominated someone as a Rehabilitation Co-ordinator?; and,
  • do you have a Rehabilitation Provider (eg. Combrook, CRS, etc).
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