Trauma must be covered by ACC

Finsec is calling upon all political parties to support proposed changes to the ACC scheme that would give cover to people who suffer mental trauma as a result of workplace accidents.

Finsec Campaign Director, Andrew Campbell told Newstalk ZB this week that we know of cases where “bank staff have been so mentally traumatised by armed hold ups that they have been simply unable to go back to work in the bank”.

“Workers who suffer workplace trauma currently don’t receive ACC assistance with counselling or any other forms of help that enable them to return to work. This needs to change,” said Campbell.

“Trauma is as debilitating as physical injury and should be treated the same. It is unfair that ACC doesn’t assist traumatised workers due to an artificial distinction between physical and mental harm.”

The proposed improvements to ACC are part of a Bill currently before Parliament that also includes improved accident compensation for workers in casual and seasonal employment.

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