WorkCover Queensland recently issued a reminder to all employers to pay particular attention to safety during the lead-up to Christmas. This time of year is usually marked by an increased number of workplace injury claims, WorkCover Queensland Executive – Priority Industries, Barbara Martin notes.
According to her, people exhausted from a busy year as well as those rushing to get projects completed before the end of the year, tend to lose concentration and make mistakes which can lead to serious consequences.
She also noted a rise in preventable accidents like slips, trips and falls.
Another area of concern around this time of year is temporary workers who will be hired for limited periods of time to fill in for permanent employees that go on annual leave. These temporary workers must be adequately trained and receive the necessary safety induction, including white card training for those working in the construction fields.