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Safeguarding Townsville: World Day for Safety and Health at Work with Hand Therapy and Occupational Therapy

By Apricus Health

23rd April 2024

As we approach World Day for Safety and Health at Work this Sunday, April 28th, the significance of prioritising workplace safety and health is on our minds more than ever. In the bustling heavy industry landscape of Townsville, ensuring the well-being of workers is not just a responsibility – it's a shared commitment. This day serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of fostering safer, healthier work environments for all.

Understanding Workplace Injuries in Heavy Industry

In the heart of heavy industry, workplace injuries can disrupt lives and livelihoods in an instant. From minor strains to more serious accidents, the impact of these injuries reverberates far and wide. Hand injuries, repetitive strain injuries, and musculoskeletal disorders are among the most common challenges faced by workers in these demanding environments.

The Benefits of Hand Therapy and Occupational Therapy

Amidst the challenges, hand therapy and occupational therapy emerge as pillars of support, offering invaluable assistance in the pursuit of workplace safety and health. Hand therapy's specialised focus on the intricacies of the hands and upper extremities allows for targeted treatments tailored to each individual's needs. Meanwhile, occupational therapy takes a holistic approach, addressing physical, psychological, and environmental factors to promote overall well-being, as well as being able to prepare you and your home post-surgically.

Practical Strategies for Workplace Injury Prevention

This World Day for Safety and Health at Work, let us embrace proactive measures to prevent workplace injuries before they occur. Ergonomic assessments, proper lifting techniques, and regular breaks are just a few examples of strategies that can significantly reduce the risk of accidents. Occupational therapists stand ready to collaborate with businesses to develop customised injury prevention programs and deliver workplace ergonomic assessments that prioritise worker safety and health.

Rehabilitation and Return-to-Work Programs

In the aftermath of workplace injuries, rehabilitation becomes paramount. Hand therapy steps forward to provide specialised care, offering interventions such as splinting, wound care, and functional restoration to promote recovery. Occupational therapists play a crucial role in facilitating smooth transitions both from the hospital and back to work, ensuring that returning employees feel supported and empowered.

To report an Injury in the Workplace

  1. Notify your supervisor of the injury or accident as soon as possible.
  2. Your employer should provide you with their insurance details, but if they don't, most companies in Queensland are insured through or by calling 1300 362 128.
  3. Schedule a visit with your doctor and obtain a Workcover medical certificate.
  4. File your claim with Workcover.

Referral Process and Support for Injured Individuals

As we commemorate World Day for Safety and Health at Work, let us reaffirm our commitment to supporting those affected by workplace injuries. Referrers serve as vital conduits, connecting injured individuals with the resources and assistance they need to navigate their recovery journey. Hand therapy and occupational therapy services stand ready to offer compassionate care and guidance to individuals and their families during this challenging time.

Whilst we can see all clients privately without a referral, to be seen at Apricus Health through Workcover for a workplace injury, you'll need the following information:

  • Your Doctor's referral letter
  • Your Doctor's medical certificate.

This World Day for Safety and Health at Work, let us unite in our efforts to create safer, healthier work environments for all. Hand therapy and occupational therapy represent beacons of hope, offering expertise, support, and compassion to those striving for a brighter, injury-free future.

Together, we can maximise workplace safety and health, ensuring that every worker returns home safe and sound at the end of the day. Call-to-Action: Join us in celebrating World Day for Safety and Health at Work by taking proactive steps to prioritise workplace safety and health.

Contact us today on (07) 4755 2337 or via to learn more about how hand therapy and occupational therapy can support your organisation's efforts to create a safer, healthier work environment for all.