Australia has seen an unprecedented rise in the number of people working from home to help stop the spread of COVID-19. However, remote working was on the rise even before Covid-19, but the shift could be the change Australia has been long awaiting,
Practicing social distancing and following restrictions during these times is very important and many people in Australia have adjusted to working from home. But what if something happens while you are working from home? Injury in the home is still a possibility that employers and employees need to consider.
If you are injured during your time working at home and your employment played a significant role in your injury, you may be entitled to compensation through a no-fault insurance scheme like WorkCover. There are many different aspects and things to consider when working from home, including what happens if you are injured on the job.
Below we have listed some things to consider and what to do if you are injured while working from home.
● Health and Safety Considerations While Working From Home
While working from home, it is important for both employers and employees to consider and minimise any work health and safety risks. Employers have the primary responsibility of care and must do whatever they can in order to ensure the safety of their employees, including when working from home. On the other hand, employees also have a responsibility to take care of their health and wellness when working from home. They must be aware and abide by any health and safety policies put in place by their employers and/or companies to reduce the risk of any injury or health issues while on the job.
● Safety Policies and Procedures in Place for Working at Home
It would be in the best interest of both the employer and employee to have work from home safety policies formalised and in place. This should include clear guidelines that are easily accessible to the employees. Also, it may be a good practice for employees to assess their work from home space using a Health and Safety Checklist for Working from Home. This is a good preventative measure to ensure that their workspace is safe and conducive to working from home.
● Have Open Lines of Communication
This is a very important aspect for preventing injuries while working from home. It is also imperative for dealing with any injuries that may occur from home but on the job. Being able to communicate clearly about the incident and get fast support is necessary.
If you are working from home and are injured on the job, it is hopeful that your employer has procedures in place for such incidents. However, it is also important that you have someone on your side that knows the laws and can help you when others can’t. Call 3422 4302 to speak to a representative if you are injured while working from home. We are here to help you.