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Businesses in country Victoria urged to prioritise safety

WorkSafe Victoria has called on all businesses and workers in regional Victoria to prioritise workplace safety to help reduce the number of injuries and fatalities.

According to WorkSafe, nearly 7000 workers across the state made a claim for a serious injury in 2016, equating to over 18 injuries per day. 

The sectors with the highest number of injury claims were health care and social work (1267), manufacturing (1039) and construction (837). The most common injuries were musculoskeletal (2136 claims), muscle or tendon (1336) and lacerations or amputations (959). Poor manual handling (2386), slips, trips or falls (1547) and being struck by an object (1128) were the most common causes.

In terms of workplace deaths, a total of 26 people were killed at work in Victoria in 2016, 18 of those in rural areas of the state.

Businesses in country areas of Victoria are being called on to do more to protect their workers.Businesses in country areas of Victoria are being called on to do more to protect their workers.

Clare Amies, chief executive of WorkSafe, said that while workplaces in the state are safer than ever before, the number of Victorians injured or killed while working remained "totally unacceptable".

"No worker should ever lose their life simply because they were doing their job," Ms Amies said.

"It is a tragic fact that every workplace death and injury can be avoided so we need to ensure that safety is a priority."

Workplace safety is improving on the whole

While the number of workers in Victoria continues to climb, the number of workplace injuries is trending downwards - there was a 12.5 per cent reduction from 2011 (29,567 claims) to 2016 (25,861). This drop was almost matched in country Victoria, with claims falling by 10.8 per cent over the same period (from 7772 to 6932).

Ms Amies said the decrease in injury claims over recent years was encouraging but added more needs to be done.

"Safety at work is everyone's responsibility and there are almost 26,000 reasons why we all need to do more to educate, inform and, where necessary, enforce good safety practices at work," she said.

"Safety at work is everyone's responsibility."

How to protect your workers

Business owners can ensure their work health and safety practices are up to date by reviewing their existing protocols and incorporating latest best practices.

Blackwoods offers a range of nationally recognised WHS programmes that can be customised to meet the needs of any business, big or small, located in town or country.  Our courses are flexible - they are either hands-on or lecture-based and can be conducted at any one of our training centres or we can come to you - to your location.

If you're interested to find out more about a Blackwoods' WHS training course that suits you, please get in touch with us today.