There are many organisations and government bodies that well equipped to assist injured and ill workers and their families in times of need.
However a gap emerges when it comes to linking these services to impaired workers, they are treated like workers on one hand and information about a particular service is not passed on as it is deemed to be not within the scope of one agency or another. Workers have difficulty in navigating all these services and gaining important information let alone coming to terms with their injury.
We have a responsibility to provide workers with the tools they require to take care of themselves during, and after workplace injury or disease. During – by being aware of their rights and responsibilities, knowing where to find support. After – by learning how to return to work after being injured, integrating back into the community, and finding continual support.