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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:
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:
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:
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.