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Recognition for Wattle Range Council rehabilitation

Recognition for Wattle Range Council rehabilitation

9 December 2013

Wattle Range Council have received recognition from the Local Government Association Workers Compensation Scheme (LGAWCS) for the successful rehabilitation and return to work of an injured employee.

Workers Compensation Award Presentation

Wattle Range Council have received recognition from the Local Government Association Workers Compensation Scheme (LGAWCS) for the successful rehabilitation and return to work of an injured employee.

Council were presented with an Award of Merit for Best Practice in Work Health and Safety and Return to Work following the positive recovery and recuperation of injured Building Maintenance Officer.

He sustained a debilitating back injury whilst carrying out his duties at the Penola Swimming Pool in December 2012. In the ensuing months he endured immense pain and incapacitation which resulted in the need for spinal surgery which was performed in early 2013.

Council and the LGAWCS supported him throughout his recovery and with assistance from management and his colleagues, including Council’s WHS & Risk Management Officer, he was able to maintain a positive outlook and exercise regime. This saw him return to work in a restricted capacity in April 2013. His Return to Work plan progressed efficiently and he was able to return to full duties in August.

Council have also effectively developed a mechanism and procedures to eliminate the manual handling task that resulted in his original injury.

The award, which included a $5,000 cheque, was accepted on behalf of Council by Chief Executive Officer, Peter Harriott.

Mr Harriott said “Council has supported this employee in every way possible and it has been fantastic to see his recovery and eventual return to work go so smoothly.”

The prize money will be used to fund the introduction of additional lifting devices to further reduce manual handling in the day to day activities of Council’s workforce.

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