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Work-related traumatic injury fatalities Australia 2020

Tragically, 194 people were fatally injured at work in 2020.

Safe Work Australia has published the Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities Australia 2020 report, a report that provides statistics about injury-related deaths arising from work-related activities.

While the rate of work-related fatalities has decreased 25% over the last decade, and 50% since 2007, any workplace death is unacceptable.

The report shows 68% of worker fatalities occurred in the following industries:

  • Transport, postal and warehousing (49 fatalities)
  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing (46 fatalities)
  • Construction (36 fatalities)

The most common causes of worker fatalities were:

  • Vehicle collisions (41%)
  • Being hit by moving objects (13%)
  • Falls from a height (11%)

Understanding the causes of injury and the industries most affected can help reduce work-related fatalities.

Download the full report: https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/default/files/2021-11/Work-related%20traumatic%20injury%20fatalities%20Australia%202020.pdf

 

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Vic Employers – Labour-hire workers now considered employees under amended OHS Act

 In September 2021, new laws passed the Victorian parliament to ensure that labour-hire workers have the same rights and safety protections as other workers.

The Occupational Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2021 (the Act) amends the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (OHS Act), Dangerous Goods Act 1985 (DG Act), Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013 (WIRC Act) and the Equipment (Public Safety) Act 1994 (EPS Act).

“This legislation will make important improvements to our existing OHS laws – closing gaps that were being exploited by unscrupulous employers and imposing fines for those who continue to do the wrong thing,” said Minister for Workplace Safety, Ingrid Stitt.

So what do the new laws mean for employers in Victoria?

For employers, the new laws close the gap between their workers and labour-hire workers by:

  • Extending the definition of “employer” and “employee”Labour-hire workers are now considered employees of the host under the Act;
  • Requiring labour-hire providers and host employers to consult and cooperate on their shared responsibility to ensure the safety of labour-hire workers. Any breach of this duty is punishable by fines of up to $32,713 for individuals and $163,566 for businesses;
  • Prohibiting contracts that insure or indemnify a person against paying monetary penalties under workplace safety laws. Offering to enter, or holding such a contract will attract penalties of up to $54,522 for individuals and $272,610 for businesses. Individuals and businesses will have a year to unwind from existing contracts; 
  • Protecting labour-hire workers from a host employer discriminating against them for raising health and safety concerns; and
  • The Act enables inspectors to issue entry reports to a person electronically (i.e. via email), without first obtaining their consent and similarly the Act also makes amendments to enable inspectors to issue infringement notices electronically to a person without first obtaining their consent.

There have also been changes to the powers of Authorised Representatives of Registered Employee Organisations (ARREOs) and Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) to now both take photos, measurements, and make sketches and recordings, and for the return, disposal and destruction of seized items.

When do the amendments take effect?

All amendments came into effect on Wednesday 22 September 2021, except for the labour-hire provisions and new offences relating to the prohibition on certain insurance and indemnities.

The latter will commence on Tuesday 22 March, 2022 to give business six months to adapt to the new laws and give WorkSafe time to amend its processes and develop guidance.

Need more information on the changes?

You can find information from Worksafe information about the changes here:
https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/occupational-health-safety-and-other-legislation-amendment-act-2021

Ready to train your people in risk management, hazard identification and subcontractor management?

We have a range of programs to train your people in risk management, hazard identification  and subcontractor management which can be tailored specifically to your industry and organisational needs. Training can be delivered as individual modules or as part of one of our accredited programs.
Our programs inlcude: 

BSB41419 Certificate IV in Work Health & Safety

The BSB41419 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety is a nationally accredited program that will teach you how to identify hazards in the workplace, assist with responding to incidents, assess and control risk and consult on work health and safety issues. This program is most suited to those in a Safety Officer or Health and Safety Representatives role, or those currently in leadership roles wishing to shift their career into Health and Safety.

Read more about this program >>

Risk Assessment & Hazard Identification

This program helps you identify and describe the difference between a hazard and a risk, and introduces a way of thinking about hazard identification and risk management as an everyday activity.

It will also enhance the skills and capabilities of leaders in the areas of hazard identification, risk analysis and identification and how to implement appropriate risk controls.

Download the course outline>>

Subcontractor Management

Learn to effectively manage WHS site risks and performance by learning how to effectively select, manage and monitor the complex and difficult world of subcontractors.  It also covers the WHS obligations regarding subcontractors, stepping through the various stages of effective subcontractor management, including assessing, evaluating safety history, attitude and managing expectations of performance and reporting.

See our 1-day program >>

Want to find out more about how we can customise our programs to your industry and organisation? Let’s talk!

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Work-related fatigue: a guide for employers from WorkSafe Victoria

Work-related fatigue: a guide for employers from WorkSafe Victoria

WorkSafe Victoria has produced a guide on how to prevent workplace injuries to employees.

According to the guide, “Fatigue is an acute and/or ongoing state of exhaustion that leads to physical, mental or emotional exhaustion and prevents people from functioning safely and within normal boundaries.”

Fatigue affects a person’s health, increases the chance of workplace injuries occurring, and reduces performance and productivity within the workplace.

This publication assists employers and persons with duties under OHS laws to comply with those laws in relation to fatigue in the workplace. It explains an employer’s legal obligations, causes and effects of fatigue, how to identify it in the workplace, how to consult with employees, and ways to use a risk management approach to prevent fatigue.

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Download the

Work-related fatigue: a guide for employers

from WorkSafe Victoria

Ready to train your people in safety, risk management, hazard identification or subcontractor management?

We have a range of programs to train your people in risk management, hazard identification  and subcontractor management which can be tailored specifically to your industry and organisational needs. Training can be delivered as individual modules or as part of one of our accredited programs.

You can see our full program suite here >> or see some relevant qualifications or units below:

BSB41419 Certificate IV in Work Health & Safety

The BSB41419 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety is a nationally accredited program that will teach you how to identify hazards in the workplace, assist with responding to incidents, assess and control risk and consult on work health and safety issues. This program is most suited to those in a Safety Officer or Health and Safety Representatives role, or those currently in leadership roles wishing to shift their career into Health and Safety.

Read more about this program >>

Risk Assessment & Hazard Identification

This program helps you identify and describe the difference between a hazard and a risk, and introduces a way of thinking about hazard identification and risk management as an everyday activity.

It will also enhance the skills and capabilities of leaders in the areas of hazard identification, risk analysis and identification and how to implement appropriate risk controls.

Download the course outline>>

Subcontractor Management

Learn to effectively manage WHS site risks and performance by learning how to effectively select, manage and monitor the complex and difficult world of subcontractors.  It also covers the WHS obligations regarding subcontractors, stepping through the various stages of effective subcontractor management, including assessing, evaluating safety history, attitude and managing expectations of performance and reporting.

See our 1-day program >>

Want to find out more about how we can customise our programs to your industry and organisation?
Let's talk!
Call us on 1300 453 555, email info@safetydimensions.com.au or use our contact form here.

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5 tips for working successfully with subcontractors

5 tips for working successfully with subcontractors

Organisations are increasingly including subcontractors in their internal training, so everyone is aligned under a single Health & Safety framework. Not only is this beneficial for alignment of safety behaviours, but from a WHS compliance perspective, you have a duty of care to everyone who walks on site – and this includes your subcontractors.

Here are 5 things you should do to meet your WHS obligations and make partnering with your subcontractors run smoothly.

 

1. Know your obligations

Do you know your legal obligations when it comes to your subcontractors?

If you don’t know how can you plan to be compliant?

PCBUs (Persons Conducting Business or Undertaking) must ensure the health and safety of all workers at work in the business or undertaking including those :

  • who are engaged or are caused to be engaged by the PCBU – this includes subcontractors.
  • whose activities in carrying out work are influenced or directed by the PCBU.

You can check out our video below “WHAT AM I ACCOUNTABLE FOR?” which covers information about your general obligations.

2. Align subbies with your safety culture

Get your subcontractors involved in your internal safety training. Doing a safety course or have a special safety briefing? Get them involved. Subcontractors can’t meet your standards if they don’t know what your standards are. Training should focus on how to build partnerships with your subcontractors, rather than micro-managing them.

 

3. Appropriate supervision

Have regular project meetings to address whether your subcontractors’ performance is meeting the project’s safety and quality requirements. Keep a record of the communications and documentation you share with subcontractors so everyone is clear on who needs to do what, when and how.

 

4. Two-way communication

There should be two way communications between you and your subcontractor. Always be approachable and communicate clearly and succinctly so there’s no room for miscommunication or errors.  When the lines of communication are easy and each side knows the expectations, issues can get resolved more quickly and more gets accomplished.

 

5. Give them feedback

When you need to give your subcontractor feedback, do it in a way that encourages continuous improvement rather than blame, and remediation over retaliation. It’s also important to give positive feedback and acknowledge a job well done.

Want to learn to manage subcontractors?

Our 1-day live and interactive online program via computer or device.

Our program covers the WHS obligations regarding subcontractors and is designed to step through the various stages of effective subcontractor management, including assessing, evaluating safety history, attitudes, performance and reporting.

You will also gain the nationally recognised unit SLCSCM406 Implement and monitor subcontractor work health and safety requirements, which is part of the 10604NAT Certificate IV in Safety Leadership (WHS) – Construction program.

Subcontractor Management is one of our most popular and requested programs, now available to the public via our live and interactive online format, available from anywhere you can access an internet connection.

Program Format & Cost


This program is a facilitator-led, real-time, interactive training environment via an internet-connected computer or device.
This is not a pre-recorded online program, it is the same experience as our face-to-face programs.


Date:  Contact us for upcoming dates here >>

Cost:  $495

Group Discount: 6 or more $395 per person..

GST is not applicable to accredited training.
The program fee includes all materials and assessments.

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Undertaking a COVID-19 Risk Assessment for your workplace

Undertaking a COVID-19 Risk Assessment for your workplace

Have you undertaken a current risk assessment to identify the risks associated with exposure to COVID-19 in your workplace? Safe Work Australia has published a downloadable checklist you can follow with the key considerations for identifying risks and control measures.

Some of the considerations to include in your risk assessment include:

  • What is the latest advice from the government and key industry and employee associations on control measures?
  • What is the current advice from health authorities about the current situation and case numbers, public health orders and health directions for COVID-19 cases in the local community/region? Information on the latest number and location of COVID-19 cases (including in some cases heat maps) is available from your jurisdictional health authority here >>
  • Does the nature of the work undertaken by my business increase the risk of my workers being exposed to COVID-19?
  • Does my workplace have facilities for hand washing and/or hand sanitising?
  • Does my workplace environment/set-up increase the risk of my workers and/or clients being exposed to COVID-19 and can this be changed?
  • Do I have workers that fall within a vulnerable worker category?
  • What are my current cleaning and disinfecting arrangements and are they consistent with guidance provided by Safe Work Australia?
  • How prepared is my business if there is a case of COVID-19 in the workplace?
  • What worker communication and support mechanisms are in place?
  • Do the changes I plan to make to my business or changes arising from COVID-19 change the risk?
  • Do I have a plan to review my control measures to ensure they are effective?

You can download detailed Key considerations for undertaking a risk assessment – COVID-19 from Safe Work Australia here https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/doc/key-considerations-undertaking-risk-assessment-covid-19

Source: Safe Work Australia https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au

Ready to train your people in safety, risk management, hazard identification or subcontractor management?

We have a range of programs to train your people in risk management, hazard identification  and subcontractor management which can be tailored specifically to your industry and organisational needs. Training can be delivered as individual modules or as part of one of our accredited programs.

You can see our full program suite here >> or see some relevant qualifications or units below:

BSB41419 Certificate IV in Work Health & Safety

The BSB41419 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety is a nationally accredited program that will teach you how to identify hazards in the workplace, assist with responding to incidents, assess and control risk and consult on work health and safety issues. This program is most suited to those in a Safety Officer or Health and Safety Representatives role, or those currently in leadership roles wishing to shift their career into Health and Safety.

Read more about this program >>

Risk Assessment & Hazard Identification

This program helps you identify and describe the difference between a hazard and a risk, and introduces a way of thinking about hazard identification and risk management as an everyday activity.

It will also enhance the skills and capabilities of leaders in the areas of hazard identification, risk analysis and identification and how to implement appropriate risk controls.

Download the course outline>>

Subcontractor Management

Learn to effectively manage WHS site risks and performance by learning how to effectively select, manage and monitor the complex and difficult world of subcontractors.  It also covers the WHS obligations regarding subcontractors, stepping through the various stages of effective subcontractor management, including assessing, evaluating safety history, attitude and managing expectations of performance and reporting.

See our 1-day program >>

Want to find out more about how we can customise our programs to your industry and organisation?
Let's talk!
Call us on 1300 453 555, email info@safetydimensions.com.au or use our contact form here.

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