Since forming their relationship five years ago, WorkCover NSW and the Boating Industry Association of NSW (BIA) have seen a significant decrease in the number of workplace injuries.
The two associations work closely together to improve work safety and health as well as injury management within the boating industry. Recently, the parties renewed their partnership for another two years.
Acting General Manager of WorkCover NSW’s Work Health and Safety Division, Peter Dunphy, explained preventing boating workplace injuries and illness is high on their agenda.
“Since the commencement of the partnership there has been an almost 25 per cent fall in injuries compared to the corresponding four year period, resulting in approximately $2.2 million less in workers compensation claims,” he said.
“These savings are passed on to boating industry businesses through reduced workers compensation premiums, meaning they have more money to spend on day-today operations.”
According to Mr Dunphy, WorkCover also works alongside the BIA to provide training, support and advice to small boating businesses in order to maximise safety both on and offshore.
The risks associated with the boating industry are well documented. The most common injuries include slips and falls on the deck, malfunctioning machinery and ropes and knots. In recent years, there have also been cases of workers lost overboard during rough conditions.
BIA General Manager Roy Privett explained that the industry is much safer with the assistance of WorkCover NSW.
“The BIA and WorkCover have taken a leadership role in promoting improved work health and safety and injury management in the NSW boating industry so that we have productive, healthy and safe workplaces where everyone comes home at the end of the working day,” he said.
“The significant fall in injuries since the commencement of the partnership demonstrates the success of this approach.”
Workplace compensation in NSW
The boating industry contains a number of risks both on and offshore that can result in total permanent disability, but there are ways to cover any damages or losses.
Employees injured at work are also entitled to compensation. It is recommended that you contact a compensation lawyer who can advise you on how to make your claim and assist you through the process.
These lawyers operate on a no win no fee basis, so they can advise you on your chances for success free of charge – if they think you have a case, it’s completely up to you whether you engage their services.