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National Safe Work Month 2017


October 2, 2017

While the past decade in Australia has seen a steady decline in the rate of work-related fatalities and workers’ compensation claim, the occurrence of workplace fatalities and injuries is still much higher than it should be.

Work-related injury and disease cost the Australian community $61.8 billion a year, with 115,400 serious compensation claims made every year. Of these:

- 16% from muscular stress while lifting and carrying objects

- 16% from muscular stress while handling objects

- 29% of serious claims are made by labourers

In addition to the financial pain caused, the impact and strain put on families through injury and death is tremendous. On average there are 205 workers killed on the job every year. Of these:

- 35% from vehicle incidents

- 13% falls from a height

- 21% of fatalities were truck drivers

Established in 2008, Safe Work Australia develops national policy and guidance for WHS and workers’ compensation and every October they ask workers and employers across Australia to commit to building safe and healthy workplaces for all Australians.

This year’s theme is “Sharing safety knowledge and experience benefits everyone”. Workers and employers are being encouraged to share with their peers what they to do make the workplace a safer and healthier place.

No industry should be unsafe to work in and no death or injury is acceptable. Industries such as agriculture, transport, manufacturing, construction and mining feature some of the most dangerous jobs in the country. It is the  To help make these industries safer and reduce the number of preventable accidents.

Click here to visit the NSWM website and download a campaign kit to run your own safety initiative

Click here to shop workplace safety in Australia