Workplace Injuries 73% Higher Than State Average in The Orange

According to the NSW Government insurance and care provider icare, there are 73 per cent more workplace injury claims in the Orange than the state average.

icare says injured employees take an average of 26 days to return to work  and in the Orange, more than 400 people were injured in the last year. This represents 26 claims per 1000 employees.

It’s best for people to return to work as soon as is safely possible because the longer they are away from work, the greater the risk of social isolation and mental health issues which can further delay recovery.

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

Mature Worker Injury Claims Expected to Increase

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A new study by researchers at the University of Otago found that age plays a major role in the likelihood of workplace injuries.

Researchers investigated the incidence, nature and cause of work related injuries in older New Zealand workers and according to the study, workplace injuries increased with the age of workers.

They found that during the years 2009-2013 more than 1 in 5 workplace injury claims were by older workers between the ages of 55-79 years.

The highest rate of work injury claims from workers between 70-79, and these workers also represented the highest percentage of fatal injury among workers in the 55-79 year old category.

The researchers also found that male workers of all ages had higher rates of injury than females. Read more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/11/work-related-injuries-among-older-workers-set-increase-study-says/#.Wiw2eje1vIV

Notifiable Fatalities Latest Report Shows Number of Construction Workers Killed on the Job

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The July 2017 notifiable fatalities report has been released by Safe Work Australia, and according to the data, 15 work related notifiable fatalities occurred in that month.

The report gives a national count of work related traumatic fatalities that were notifiable to Australian work health and safety jurisdictions.

In July 2017, seven male workers and one female worker was killed. There were also 4 male bystanders killed and 3 female bystanders killed.

Two fatalities were from the construction industry.

Read more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/11/july-2017-notifiable-fatalities-monthly-report-now-available/#.WjY9oDe1s1l

Workplace Injury Rates Fall in Victoria

 There’s good news for the Victorian workforce, workplace injuries and deaths have fallen to an all time low, according to WorkSafe Victoria figures.

According to annual figures released by Victoria’s safety regulator, the rate of workplace injuries per million hours has fallen to 6.43 claims from 6.95 claims per million hours worked in the 2015/16 financial year. This is a 7.5 per cent reduction.

WorkSafe credited the improvement to the vigilance of Victorian employers and employees as well as WorkSafe inspectors.

The news isn’t all good though, WorkSafe Victoria said the rate of mental health problems has increased,  a trend we’re seeing across the Victorian community and particularly in the construction industry.

It’s important we address mental health safety, because mental health has an impact on safety, health and productivity.  See more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/09/injuries-work-fall-record-low-victoria/#.WdzNCDC1vIV

Addressing The Most Common Workplace Accidents

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The construction industry in The United States holds alot of similarities to work here in Australia, which is why I found it interesting that their 10 most common construction hazards are so alike ours but also different in many ways.

According to the post the most common workplace accidents are linked to

  1. Altercations at work
  2. Colliding with objects
  3. Slips, trips and falls
  4. Muscle strains
  5. Exposure to loud noise
  6. Being hit by falling objects
  7. Crashes and collisions
  8. Repetitive strain injury
  9. Cuts and lacerations
  10. Inhaling toxic fumes.

Find out more at http://www.blog4safety.com/2015/12/10-of-the-most-common-workplace-accidents-and-injuries/

 

Apprentice Injured during Floor Installations

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Source: Osha.gov

A flooring installer from Western Australia, has been fined $5000 after an apprentice suffered serious injuries to his hand while using an unguarded saw during work on a residential construction site.

The contractor failed in his duty of care to provide workers with a safe working environment and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court.

The young man was working on the construction of a floating timber floor at a residential dwelling in Perth.

The worker injured his right hand when it was pulled into the blade of the unguarded table saw. The incident which took place in 2012, left the young man with serious tendon injuries.

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/08/wa-flooring-installer-fined-saw-incident/#.Vd91xfmqqkp

 

 

New Workplace Laws to Curb Tasmanian Injury Record

According to Tasmanian unions, tougher fines under the new workplace laws will help to continue a downward trend in workplace injuries and fatalities.

According to the figures released as part of the launch of WorkSafe month, we are seeing a decline in the number of Tasmanian workers injured at work.

This welcomed reduction in injuries is believed to be linked to new laws which include higher fines for OH&S breaches and offences.

According to Workplace Relations minister David O’Byrne, we saw 378 less injuries in 2012 in Tasmania than we did in 2011. He is pleased that we have now recorded less than 9000 injuries in a year and only 4 Tasmanians have died on the job in the past year.

Sadly the construction sector is lagging behind others in safety, with farming and construction recording the highest injury and fatality rates in Tasmania.

This post from Abc.net.au explains,

Workplace Relations minister David O’Byrne says there were 8,934 injury reports last year, 378 fewer than the year before.

“For the first time we’ve dipped below 9,000 injuries per year,” he said.

Four Tasmanians have been killed at work in the past year.

New workplace laws came into effect this year.

Unions Tasmania’s Kevin Harkins says they are helping combat an alarming culture.

“Tight timeframes, tight profit margins…just pushing to get the job done,” he said.

But Mr Harkins says Tasmania is still the second worst performing state behind Queensland.

Most injuries and deaths occur in construction and farming jobs.

Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-25/fall-in-worplace-accidents-down-to-tougher-laws-say-unions/4843776?section=tas

The article goes on to offer a cautionary tale for readers about a Tasmanian worker who was injured at work. The worker explains how tedious the process of recovery from a workplace injury can be especially from more serious injuries which affect not only workers health and safety but their family lives and ability to make a living as well. In fact injury claims have gotten so common that insurance rates have skyrocketed this year. Often workers who are injured aren’t able to continue in the position they are in when the incident occurs because of a debilitating or permanent injury.

Read what the post’s author went on to state:

Last year, Chris Dornauf spent an agonising hour and a half with his arm caught in the conveyor belt of a potato grader.

He says recovering from a workplace injury is a slow process.

Cut all five nerves, or five tendons and two of the main arteries,” he said.

After eight surgeries and with more to come, he still has not regained the use of his arm.

He is now able to drive trucks instead of working the farm, but says he is more aware of what might go wrong.

“When you stand back and look at it, you think about how dangerous things are,” he said.

“It’s a big, it’s a lot different now.”

Last week, a Hobart man injured at work was awarded the state’s highest compensation payout of $7.5 million.

Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-25/fall-in-worplace-accidents-down-to-tougher-laws-say-unions/4843776?section=tas