WorkCover WA has warned businesses to check their insurance for worker’s compensation cover to avoid costs and fines.

The warning came after the agency noticed a number of cases in which businesses had found their insurance package excluded workers’ compensation liability.

WorkCover WA said businesses without workers’ compensation cover could be liable for:

  • costs in excess of $600,000 in benefits if a worker is injured
  • fines of up to $5000 per worker
  • any avoided premiums going back five years
  • liability for the cost of any action taken at common law or
  • legal costs involved in any court action.

Further information on employers’ rights and responsibilities can be found at workercover.wa.gov.au/publications.

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