1 min read

Can we re-skill an injured worker?

Q: We have a worker who injured his hand 18 months ago. He has limited use of the hand as a result. He has been cleared to work for 4 full days on light duties. However, we are struggling to find any light duties for him. He has been shredding, applying stickers to tanks, and doing some minor cleaning and basic paperwork. He has limited computer skills, so we cannot give him other work. What other options do we have? Can the business or our insurer pay for him to do a training course?

A: If the hand injury was a work-related injury, you can discuss payment for a training course with your insurer. Otherwise, you will have to pay for the training yourself if the worker is interested in re-skilling.

If neither of these options are viable and the worker can longer perform the inherent requirements of his role (even with reasonable modifications), you can terminate his employment.

Please note: The answer is correct at the time of publishing. Be aware that laws may change over time. Refer to Workers' compensation for current advice.

Subscribe to the Health & Safety Bulletin

From the experts behind the Health & Safety Handbook, the Bulletin brings you the latest work health and safety news, legal updates, case law and practical advice straight to your inbox every week.

Sending confirmation email...
Great! Now check your inbox and click the link to confirm your subscription.
Please enter a valid email address!