QLD: reminder issued on work-related injury insurance
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WorkCover Queensland recently issued a reminder to businesses that they must insure their workers against the costs of work-related injuries after recent compliance activities uncovered dozens of uninsured businesses.
In October 2022, WorkCover Queensland conducted targeted site visits and audits at 205 businesses across southeast Queensland and Cairns, as part of its year-round compliance activities.
Of those 205 businesses visited, 31 per cent were found to be operating without appropriate workers’ compensation insurance.
Retail, food service, construction and agriculture were among the leading industries where businesses were found to be uninsured or underinsured.
Employers must insure workers against work-related injury or illness (unless they are a self-insurer).
If a claim is accepted, WorkCover insurance can cover employers for the costs of the claim including medical expenses, wages for time off work, and even common law damages claims.