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By Australian associated Press
September 20, 2017
Next month is National Safe Work Month, and there has been a whole toolbox’s worth of resources and initiatives released to help everyone get involved in building safe and health workplaces.
Safe Work Australia has given this year’s event the theme of Sharing safety knowledge and experience benefits everyone, with a social media campaign and competition announced to get the conversation going.
Safe Work Australia Chair, Diane Smith-Gander, said that she’d like organisations to run a safety initiative and share it so that everyone can benefit from their experience and knowledge.
“Work-related injury and disease cost our community $61.8 billion a year,” Ms Smith-Gander said.
“In other words, poor work health and safety costs $5000 per worker each year and equates to 4.1 per cent of Australia’s gross domestic product. This doesn’t even touch on the immeasurable cost of grief and trauma to workers and their families.
“The whole community bears the cost of poor work health and safety,” she said.
The latest statistics from Safe Work Australia show that on average, each year 31 construction industry workers never make it home from work due to a fatal accident.
To date, falls from height have accounted for 32 percent of deaths, falls from a building or structure for 14 percent and being hit by a falling object also 14 percent.
There are also 12.700 serious workers’ compensation claims a year on average within the industry. The main causes have been muscular stress while lifting or carrying and muscular stress while handling objects. Almost one third of these claims have been made by construction trades workers.
The campaign kit that is available at the National Safe Work Month website includes logos, posters, flyers, graphics and messages.
“There are also ideas for safety activities, and a five-step guide to building a safe and healthy workplace, and a competition that offers $5000 in prize money to the organisation with the best safety initiative,” Ms Smith-Gander said.
“The kit contains everything you need to run a safety initiative this October. Share your initiative using #safeworkmonth and by tagging Safe Work Australia on social — because your knowledge and experience is worth sharing.”
QUIZ: What is your safety IQ?
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