26 September 2023

Injured workers to shape workplace safety

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NSW workplace policy and support services are to continue to be shaped by injured workers and family members affected by workplace fatalities, as the SafeWork NSW advisory group is to remain in place for longer.

Announcing the move, the Minister for Fair Trading, Eleni Petinos said the Family and Injured Workers Support Group (FIWSG) was first established in late 2020 and is to remain in place until December of this year.

Ms Petinos said the Group had provided invaluable insight and advice for people affected by workplace incidents and had advocated for increased workplace safety.

“To lose a loved one in a workplace incident or suffer an injury yourself is a harrowing ordeal and SafeWork NSW is committed to minimising harm in the workplace, so for this reason we should always listen and learn from the experiences of survivors,” Ms Petinos said.

“The Family and Injured Workers Support Group is a forum where those impacted by a workplace injury or death can work side-by-side with the NSW Government to better support the health and safety of NSW workers.

“Since its establishment in 2020, there have been many valuable insights gained due to the brave contributions of this group, including improving access to support and resources available for injured workers and those who have lost loved ones due to a workplace incident.”

Ms Petinos said SafeWork NSW received ongoing advice from FIWSG on the information and support needs of people affected by workplace incidents; service delivery improvements; and advocating for work health and safety.

Chair of FIWSG, Darren Flanagan said he was extremely impressed by the Group’s commitment to making a difference for injured workers and their families.

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