Keeping Workers Safe This Summer – WorkSafe Safety Warning

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The NT is one of the areas in Australia experiencing extremely hot temperatures prompting WorkSafe to issue a safety warning to businesses and workers to take precautions to avoid heat illnesses which can be deadly.

Heat related illness can present itself as heat rash, heat cramps, dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

NT WorkSafe warned employers and workers to follow safety tips to help avoid heat related illness including,

  • drinking plenty of water,
  • using shade protection including a hat and suncreen,
  • ensure personal protective equipment (PPE) is efficient for the work being done and the amount of sun exposure,
  • Try to schedule work for cooler times of the day and avoid the hotter hours
  • Equally distribute the work load amongst workers

For more information visit NT WorkSafe website

 

These are Australia’s Most Dangerous Industries

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SafeWork Australia has revealed the most dangerous industries in the country so far in 2018.

At the top of the list is the transport, postal services and warehousing industry with 29 fatalities so far, having overtaken the previous most dangerous industry – agriculture, forestry and fishing which recorded 27 deaths this year.

The construction industry which regularly appears in the top 4 most high risk industries in Australia, currently has the third highest number of deaths at 19.

Read more at https://www.news.com.au/finance/business/retail/latest-statistics-reveal-australias-most-dangerous-jobs-for-2018/news-story/2b2f866dbfcdc876c281f66ea553ff74

Latest Workplace Fatalities Reported

Safe Work Australia has released the latest workplace fatality figures and as at the end of June, 70 Australians had lost their lives on the job since the start of the year.

According to figures, 11 construction workers have been killed in 2018, exceeded only by the transport, postal & warehousing industry with 23 fatalities and the agriculture, forestry & fishing industry which recorded 20 fatalities.

In 2017, 187 Australian workers were killed at work, as compared to 182 workers in 2016.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/07/work-related-fatality-figures-updated/#.W0MawiAlE1k

Report Shows Vic Workplace Injuries Declining

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WorkSafe Victoria’s mid-year report reveals that the number of injury claims per million hours worked dropped 1.9 per cent to 6.16 in the 6 months from July to December 2017.

WorkSafe’s Chief Executive Clare Amies said the decline in injury rates is pleasing as it shows that more workplaces in the state than ever before are making safety a key part of their daily activities.

She went on to state that injury prevention will continue to be the most important goal to benefit workers, families, employers and the entire community. For more visit http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/03/report-shows-fewer-people-injured-work-victoria/#.Wp1sceclE1k

The Health Benefits of Good Work Highlighted by Position Paper

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A position paper  by The Royal Australasian College of Physicians released recently highlighted the benefits of good work on the health and wellbeing of people.

Long term absence from work, work disability and unemployment can have a negative impact on the health and wellbeing of people whereas good work can be beneficial, the research shows.

According to the research, workers who returned to work quickly have a quicker recovery than those who waited until they were fully recovered.

Read more at: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/02/position-statement-health-benefits-good-work-released/#.WorJLuclE1k

Major Hospital Action Lands Construction Union $277k fine

The CFMEU and 7 of its officials have been slapped with a $277,000 fine after being found guilty of illegally blockading the work site of a major construction site.

The court handed down the fine after it found the union guilty over conduct involving illegal blockades at the Perth Children’s Hospital Project.

During one protest, 400 people blockaded the site’s main entrance, preventing a large concrete pour to take place as scheduled, involving 45 trucks.

The cause of the action was because the head contractor failed to agree to a demand for a “whole of site” enterprise bargaining agreement.

In another incident, the union organised a blockade, preventing around 200 workers from entering the site.

In a third incident, a CFMEU official attempted to prevent workers from entering the site by using physical restraint. See more at https://sourceable.net/cfmeu-fined-277k-for-major-hospital-blockade/

Cross Border Construction Inspections Result in 31 Improvement Notices

A joint inspection operation by WorkSafe ACT and SafeWork NSW on both sides of the border was held between 6-12 April on residential and commercial construction sites in Googong and Goulburn in NSW and Denman Prospect in the ACT.

Height safety, correct paperwork, general site safety and electrical safety were of particular interest to inspectors who issued 31 improvement notices and 5 prohibition notices.

State governments highlighted the importance of consistent and safe practices on both sides of the border as well as government’s commitment to reduce red tape and paperwork while maintaining safety standards.

Find out more http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/04/cross-border-construction-inspections-result-31-improvement-notices/#.WQdAXMaxUl0

Talking About Mental Health

Talking about mental health with workers is just one of the steps to being proactive about psychological health and avoiding psychological injury among construction workers.

This is an important issue, given that Safe Work Australia found mental health carried a cost to the economy of $8billion annually, and it seems the crisis is worsening.

In fact according to a study by Minter Ellison, 56% of local organisations have experienced a year-on-year increase in the number of workplace claims related to mental health. Depression and anxiety are the most common problems being reported nation-wide, with stress and bullying costing $693 million.

Read more at http://www.smartcompany.com.au/people-human-resources/workplace-health-safety/83210-psychological-injury-silent-risk-aussie-business/

Construction Workers Take a Stand for Safety

The alleged lack of action following the death of construction veteran Jorge Catillo-Riffo, prompted CFMEU members to gather at parliament house in Adelaide on February 15.

Around 200 of the union’s members congregated outside following the dropping of charges against the company contracted to  build the new Royal Adelaide Hospital. Jorge was one of 2 workers killed at the site.

The union said that since 2014, 3 workers were killed on the company’s sites in South Australia.

The union highlighted that while the company managed to avoid punishment for Jorge’s death, the union had received more than $1 million in fines in South Australia, many of the fines relating to safety inspections as perceived at risk work sites.

Source: https://redflag.org.au/node/5691

New Benefits for Injured NSW Workers

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There is some light at the end of the tunnel for injured NSW workers, with the announcement of 2 benefits that these workers are eligible for.

The first benefit is a new emloyment benefit of $1000 available to all injured workers who return to work with a new employer. Currently, 11,500 claimants are expected to benefit from this.

The second benefit, is the $8000 which has been set aside for education or training assistance. This benefit is only for workers with 20 per cent impairment, who have been receiving benefits for 78 weeks or more.

The state government hopes these incentives and support will encourage workers to return to work after an injury.

 

 

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