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Scared into safety precautions

Scared into safety precautions (Last Updated On: September 1, 2015)

Horror stories of workplace accidents and deaths are enough to scare us into being mindful of risks while at work.

Recent statistics from Safe Work Australia show 92 Australian workers have been killed this year alone. This highlights how important it is to carry out risk assessments and provide relevant training for all employees.

Accidents in the workplace are not always industry specific, however, those which have the most fatalities include:

  • Agriculture
  • Transport
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Public/government administration, safety and defence and
  • Mining

 

How vulnerable are your employees?

Not surprisingly, the highest cause of workplace fatalities are motor vehicle incidents. Taking this into account, employers in these type of industries need to ensure that adequate fatigue management practices are implemented, reducing the risk of motor vehicle related accidents and injuries.

The second highest cause of workplace fatalities is being hit by falling objects. Suitable policies, procedures and training can minimise the risk of such a preventable hazard.

There are many initiatives you, as an employer, can get involved in to raise awareness of workplace safety, such as:

  • The Come Home Safe campaign
  • National Safe Work Australia Month in October
  • My Daddy Works Here – Slow down near road works
  • Mid-West Industry Road Safety Alliance Campaign – Tame The Beast
  • Take 5 for Safety
  • International Workers’ Memorial Day 28th April

 

All employers have a duty of care to ensure that their employees are safe while at work. Having a commitment to work health and safety and encouraging a strong safety culture in the workplace will assist in preventing incidents and injuries. Practices that can be adopted include:

  • Implementing a health and safety policy
  • Defining health and safety responsibilities
  • Conducting and implementing risk assessments
  • Recording and reporting all workplace injuries and incidences
  • Ensuring that all workers have current and correct licences, and are trained appropriately
  • Having the correct personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Introducing emergency and first aid procedures

 

Work health and safety is a complex system and needs to consider individual circumstances. However, by implementing a proper management system will also help to improve the productivity and retention of your staff.

If you have a degree of uncertainty surrounding your work health and safety obligations, call Employsure on 1300 651 415. Employsure provides the relevant documents for your business and advice on how to meet all safety requirements.

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