Source: WorkSafe Victoria
WorkSafe launches a statewide blitz today targeting the state's most
WorkSafe General Manager for Operations, Lisa Sturzenegger, said the
hard-line approach would target eight industries which accounted for a
quarter of all workplace claims in 2010.
This campaign will focus on enforcement. Potential prosecutions will be
fast-tracked to send a clear message that unsafe work practices will not be
Food manufacturing and processing, wood product manufacturing, fabricated
metal, transport equipment manufacturing, plastics and rubber
manufacturing, road transport, warehousing and storage and residential aged
care services will all receive visits as part of this campaign.
"To have a quarter of all claims in Victoria come from fewer than 3,000
businesses within these industries shows they need to do more to improve
health and safety in the workplace," Ms Sturzenegger said.
"Industries and individual businesses with the highest number of injuries
don't only disadvantage themselves and the people who work for them, but
they drive up the insurance premiums of good operators within that
"They are well aware of their obligations and they have the information
needed to address health and safety risks."
WorkSafe inspectors will visit more than 4000 businesses in the target
industries over the next year.
They'll issue notices to workplaces who fail to meet their health and
safety obligations to improve outcomes in their workplace.
"Despite years of working with these industries, we are finding that we are
not getting the traction we know is possible by addressing some basic
safety issues," Ms Sturzenegger said.
"More than 2,000 of the 7,000 injuries within this group relate to injuries
caused by not having the right equipment to lift or move things as well as
easily-prevented slips, trips and falls."
Ms Sturzenegger said it was essential to change the way industry addresses
basic safety issues including hazardous manual tasks.
Musculoskeletal injuries caused by manual tasks account for 60 per cent of
all workplace injuries across the state.