New South Wales strengthens support group for injured workers

Workplace injury survivors set to 'work side-by-side' with state government

New South Wales strengthens support group for injured workers

New South Wales’ SafeWork recently announced that they would continue strengthening support services for injured workers and those who have lost loved ones in workplace incidents.

The state’s SafeWork said it will “help shape” workplace policy as it has decided to retain the Family and Injured Workers Support Group (FIWSG) until the end of this year.

The FIWSG 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 workers.”

In a media release, Minister for Fair Trading Eleni Petinos said the support group had given “invaluable insight and advice” for those who suffered workplace-related injuries. It also proved to be a venue to advocate for “increased workplace safety.”

“Since [the FIWSG’s] 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,” Petinos said.

“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,” Petinos said.

Ambassador Darren Flanagan leads the group and is known for his “critical role” in rescuing two miners trapped underground during the 2006 Beaconsfield Goldmine collapse in Tasmania.

“In the past 12 months, the group has shared their insights and experiences regarding safe work issues. I’m extremely impressed by their commitment to make a difference and help those walking the path they have,” Flanagan said.

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