How To Treat a Blister

If you haven’t completed a first aid course, seeing to small injuries may not be something you know how to do. Surprisingly these issues shouldn’t always be left to your common sense, because there is a wrong and right way to deal with injuries. In this video we learn the right way to treat a blister.

Whether it be from holding a tool or machinery for a long time, blisters can be not only painful but hinder you from being productive. Let’s see how we can treat it effectively.

Accident with Drop Saw Sends Man to Hospital with Serious Injuries

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An accident on a Queensland site has landed one man in his sixties in hospital. The man suffered serious injuries after an incident with a drop saw.

The man was rushed to Toowoomba Hospital for specialist treatment.

As an article I recently read points out, there are more than 8,000 hospital admissions each year over work related, hand and wrist injuries.

Many of  these admissions were construction workers who were injured on the job, while the manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade industries are also high risk in relation to hand and wrist incidents.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/07/drop-saw-incident-leaves-queensland-man-hospital-serious-injuries/#.V6Yk-fl97IV

White Card News: Workplace Injuries Cost Economy $30 billion a year

According to a new study, Aussie businesses and the economy are losing up to $30 billion every year due to workplace injuries.

Now an Australian company, Konekt is urging employers to help get workers back on the job to help minimise this number.

According to the student conducted by the company which helps rehabilitate injured workers, the annual cost of workplace injuries are attributed to lost salaries, legal and administrative costs, medical expenses etc. By acting to get workers back into the workforce sooner, businesses could save themselves and the economy a lot of money.

The company’s research shows that if a person stays off work for 20 days they are 70 per cent likely to return to work but if they are off for 70 days or more, they are only 35 per cent likely to return. So the longer a worker is off work, the less likely it is that they will return at all.

According to the company, Australia is fairly slow to respond to workplace injuries when it comes to early intervention with most companies waiting to receive a formal claim or complaint before they take any action.

In addition to supporting workers and helping them return to work as soon as safely possible, it is also vital that employers provide workers with a safe work environment and system of work, as is their duty of care under the law.

The majority of workplace injuries are avoidable and are usually a result of human error. While we all make mistakes, workplaces should have the necessary controls in place to ensure that these mistakes are kept to a minimal. One very important consideration is that everyone on the site is qualified to be there. In the construction industry this means that every person must have completed general construction induction safety training.

Laying a good foundation of knowledge regarding safety is vital in ensuring workers stay safe on site and do not endanger the lives of their co-workers – the white card course does this thereby positively affecting construction safety and minimising the number of incidents and injuries.

This training is mandatory for all construction workers in Oz under national law and failing to ensure that any one of your workers hasn’t completed this training not only makes you liable to receive a fine but can jeopardise the safety of other workers on site as well.

If an injury does occur, workers must ensure that they complete a claim form in order to claim compensation for the injury. Workers should not be fearful of filing a claim because employers cannot victimise you for doing so, neither can they fire you.

If you require time off work or if you wish to return to work on light duty, you should obtain a certificate of competency from a medical practitioner as soon as possible. But it is also important that you recover and return to work as soon as possible without negatively impacting your health.

 

ACTU Calls for Better Safety Laws to reduce injuries

More than half a million workers are injured in Australia every year and over 100,000 of those injuries are serious. It is for this reason that ACTU has called on the government to introduce better safety laws to protect workers and reduce injuries. The Australian Council of Trade Unions has accused the Queensland government of doing just the opposite with the recent discussions of changing right of entry laws to limit access to worksites, a move the unions say will make workers more vulnerable instead of empowering and protecting them.

According to ACTU head Ged Kearney more must be done to prevent injuries on Australian worksites. More than 600,000 injuries a year is unacceptable and is costing the Australian economy over $60 billion a year.

Kearney says that thousands of workers are being fatally injured from preventable factors, which is an indication that more vigilance is necessary, but Kearney says the government is heading in the opposite direction, causing less vigilance.

She says there aren’t enough inspectors and they are unable to visit anywhere near the number of workplaces required. Fines and prosecutions are extremely low compared with the number of injuries and deaths. While employer fines run into only $22 million, the cost of injury claims in Australia is in the billions.

The following excerpt from an article on www.TheAustralian.com.au explains:

WORKPLACE safety laws in Australia need to be further strengthened to reduce the death and injury toll, unions say.

ACTU president Ged Kearney says more than 600,000 workers are injured every year in Australia, costing the country $60 billion.

“Thousands of workers are injured or killed from preventable factors and that tells us we need to be much more vigilant, not less which is the direction we are heading,” Ms Kearney said.

The ACTU on Tuesday hosted its health and safety conference in Adelaide with union representatives from across the country.

It was told that there in addition to a shortage of workplace inspectors, fines and the number of prosecutions for workplace safety issues remain low.

See more at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/unions-want-better-safety-laws/story-fn3dxiwe-1226740379287#sthash.OkBeim0l.dpuf

The ACTU president also reiterated that workplace safety provisions should be encouraging workers to speak up about safety issues rather than try to silence them, which is what they say limiting access to sites would do. She also reminded everyone that employers, government and unions need to work together to ensure workplace safety.

One of the problems that are also giving rise to workplace injuries is the number of workers who are afraid to speak out against dangerous practices because of fear for their jobs, thereby endangering their own lives in the process. The post goes on to explain:

She says the rise of casual or contract work is also a concern.

“People in insecure work are too frightened to speak up about safety in case they lose their job,” she said.

See more at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/unions-want-better-safety-laws/story-fn3dxiwe-1226740379287#sthash.OkBeim0l.dpuf

Kearney says that employers who fail to protect workers by implementing appropriate safety procedures on purpose should be fined and prosecuted and those that fail to do so because of ignorance should receive more guidance. Either way government needs to work together with employers and unions to improve workplace safety.