SafeWork Australia has released 2015/16 workers compensation data that shows serious claim costs increased by 30%. It is important for employers to provide a safe workplace & training to help prevent injuries. Data indicated certain age groups & industries are at risk.
Recent research found employers are failing to acknowledge & address the mental health of their staff. As part of a SafeWork strategy, a group of experts identify construction & scientific industries as the worst offenders.
October is National Safe Work Month. A SafeWork Australia initiative that is highlighted by the annual Australia wide campaign to increase awareness & safety focus via events, workshops, kits, seminars & other safety activities.
A NSW business on the Mid North Coast was fined $375,000 over the death of a worker in 2015. The employer pleaded guilty to a charge under Section 32 of the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act 2011 for failing to comply with its duty under Section 19 (1) of the act.
Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) noted SafeWork Australia data identifies although tradies make up less than one-third of the Australian workforce, tradies account for 51% of serious workers compensation claims. Injuries typically require 5-6 weeks off.