Comcare claims for injuries sustained while working from home have risen after the national workers’ compensation system received 25 claims between March and June 2020. In comparison, during the same period last year, Comcare received zero claims.
Being forced to work from home due to the global pandemic with minimal notice has created a number of stressors for employees covered by the Comcare scheme.
Employers have a duty to ensure the wellbeing of their staff by implementing policies that endeavour to create safe working environments. Employees are obliged to follow the policies introduced by the organisation responsibly.
However, despite these measures, injuries are occurring as a result of these unprecedented forced working arrangements.
The main issues surrounding the claims relate to:
- mental health burnouts from varying workloads and deadlines
- inadequate workstations with non ergonomical set-ups
- injuries from repetitive movement
- slips, trips and falls at home.
If you have sustained an injury while working remotely, and are covered by the Comcare scheme, contact our expert Comcare lawyer Grace Bowran-Burge for a free consultation on your options on (03) 9321 9906.