The WorkSafe Operations Directorate routinely identifies a number of priority areas across industries, which are targeted for compliance improvement activities, with the aim to reduce work-related injury and promote safe work practices. Selection of priority areas involves the consideration of workers compensation claim figures, WorkSafe work-related fatality data, and claim figures which may also support the assessment of previous efforts made.
The priority areas currently established are:
- electricity; From 2010-11 1,770 days were lost from work in the electricity area, at an estimated cost of $919,158. This equates to an average duration of 57 days lost and an estimated cost of $16,098 per case. Construction Services, Machinery and Equipment Manufacturing and School Education are the industry subdivisions to record the highest number of incidences.
- fall from heights; The largest proportion of fall from heights fatalities was recorded in the Construction Services subdivision at 29% (five deaths). Other subdivisions include Road Transport, Metal Ore Mining, Building Construction, Water Supply and Administration Services.
- slips and trips; Serious slips and trips incidences (where five days or more are lost from work) increased by 4% during 2011-12 compared to 2009-10. The proportion of severe cases (60 days lost or more) has also increased over the same period , from 26.9% to 32.2%.
- body stressing (or manual tasks); Body stressing remains the most common cause of injury in Australia. The Lower back, Shoulder and Knee (in order of magnitude) are the areas of the body most affected by these types of injuries.
- mobile plant; 14 traumatic work-related fatalities were associated with mobile plant during the period 2007-08 to 2011-12 – averaging 2.8 per year. Three traumatic work-related fatalities involving mobile plant were notified to WorkSafe during 2011-12. Examples of mobile plant include forklifts, ride-on mowers, cement mixers, harvesters, road rollers and earthmoving equipment.
- machine guarding; Fitter, Truck Driver, Welder, Metal Fabricator and Metal Engineering Process Worker were the occupations (in order of magnitude) most susceptible to injury as a result of being trapped by moving machinery or other equipment incidences, from 2009-10 to 2011-12p.
- hazardous substances; The Eyeball, Respiratory system in general, Hand and Forearm (in order of magnitude) are the parts of the body most affected by hazardous substances in the workplace. Hazardous Substances include, but are not limited to, chemical products (such as dyes), Insects, Spiders and other arachnids and Industrial gases or fumes.
Contact Safebound on (08) 6102 5400 regarding workplace safety practices and strategies to reduce the risk of workplace injury.