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The 3 industries responsible for 72% of fatalities.

The 3 industries responsible for 72% of fatalities.

In 2018, the preliminary data showed 154 Australian workers were killed at work, a reduction compared with 190 workers in 2017.

Why does it take so long to get data on fatalities? 2018 figures are preliminary figures and are updated only once the appropriate authorities have investigated the deaths and more accurate information becomes available. Only then does Safe Work Australia include the incident in their statistics.

But what we do know, from most recent validated statistics is that the vast majority (72%) of fatalities occur in 3 industries.

Transport, postal and warehousing (54 fatalities) accounted for more than a quarter of fatalities in 2017 (28%), followed closely by Agriculture, forestry and fishing (52 fatalities, 27%) and Construction (30 fatalities, 16%).

While some industries and professions are inherently more dangerous than others, every organisation can work to do more to promote better safety behaviours.

80% of accidents or incidents are caused by unsafe acts, with only 20% of accidents or incidents being caused by unsafe conditions (Hollnagel 1993, Reason 1990). This means organisations can be doing more to get all levels of their people – leadership, the safety team and employees – on board with a clear vision for their safety culture.

Why get all levels of an organisation on board?

Leaders : We understand that workers’ behaviour is greatly influenced by their immediate supervisor. The standard a leader walks by is the standard workers will meet. Fancy mission statements and commitments don’t make a difference if leaders aren’t ‘walking the talk’ and engaging hearts and minds.

Safety Teams: As organisations mature, the expectations of their safety teams rise. Safety professionals need the capability to become trusted advisors to those managers and leaders who hold the accountability for a safe workplace.

Employees: Employee contribution to the vision of a safe workplace requires a clear and unambiguous message – to speak up and get involved. Equipping your workforce with skills to effectively communicate and address at-risk behaviour among their peers – while still maintaining relationships – is vital to cut through the barrier of silence and a “she’ll be right mate” attitude that permeates some workplaces.

Safety Dimensions offer programs that engage the hearts and minds of each level with the outcome of stronger safety culture and behaviour across the whole organisation.

For leaders, our Safety Leadership Foundation program develops the core level of knowledge required for leaders who need to take accountability and responsibility for healthy and safe culture and behaviours in the workplace. At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Engage the hearts and minds moving beyond compliance to personal ownership and accountability of safety at work
  • Demonstrate improved skills in conducting effective safety conversations
  • Understand and more effectively manage the drivers of at-risk behaviours
  • Demonstrate increased capability in identifying and managing hazards and risks in the workplace

Focusing on shifting individual attitudes and mindsets regarding how safety is viewed in the workplace, this program also teaches new skills and knowledge to embed behaviour change at an individual and organisational level.

All Safety Dimensions programs are tailored to fit your organisation’s specific way of working. We start where you are in terms of safety maturity, tailoring training and development programs specifically to your organisation. This makes our programs relevant and applicable – the more relevant the program for your people, the easier it is to implement into your culture, resulting in tangible, measurable behaviour change.

Find out more by downloading the Safety Leadership Foundation Program course outline or call us on 1300 453 555.


Sources:
https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/statistics-and-research/statistics/fatalities/fatality-statistics#year-to-date-2019-preliminary-worker 
https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/collection/work-related-traumatic-injury-fatalities

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Focusing on shifting individual attitudes and mindsets regarding how safety is viewed in the workplace, this program also teaches new skills and knowledge to embed behaviour change at an individual and organisational level.

To find out how we can customise this program for your needs call us on 1300 453 555.

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Employers & Managers: New Industrial Manslaughter Law In QLD

Employers & Managers: New Industrial Manslaughter Law In QLD

Negligent Employers & Senior Executives Can Be Charged With Industrial Manslaughter- New Queensland Laws

In a media statement from the Queensland government, Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace announced new industrial manslaughter laws passed the parliament, leaving negligent employers culpable in workplace deaths with nowhere to hide.

In response to the tragic fatalities at Dreamworld and an Eagle Farm work site in 2016, the Queensland government undertook a Best Practice Review of Workplace Health and Safety in Queensland. The creation of the new offence of industrial manslaughter was one of 58 recommendations contained in the report.  Industrial manslaughter allows the criminal prosecution of owners and employers for workplace deaths.

“Negligent employers culpable in workplace fatalities in Queensland will face severe penalties for the new offence of industrial manslaughter,” said Minister Grace.

“Individuals guilty of industrial manslaughter will face 20 years imprisonment, with corporate offenders liable for fines of up to $10 million. These penalties send out a strong message to all employers that negligence causing death won’t be tolerated under any circumstances.

“Because of increasingly elaborate corporate structures, up until now, it’s been difficult to prosecute some employers for manslaughter.

“But these new laws will hold all employers – regardless of their size or structure – accountable for negligence contributing to a worker’s death.

According to the review, worker representatives and plaintiff lawyers favour the creation of an offence of gross negligence causing death, while industry groups and other legal professional groups favoured retaining the status quo.

To date, the only Australian jurisdiction which had a specific industrial manslaughter type offence was the Australian Capital Territory.

“The legislation passed today is all about ensuring all Queensland workers can return home safely to their loved ones after a day’s work.”

Sources:

Queensland Government Media Release:
http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2017/10/12/new-industrial-manslaughter-laws-to-protect-queenslanders-on-the-job

Best Practice Review Of Workplace Health and Safety:
https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/143521/best-practice-review-of-whsq-final-report.pdf

Safety Dimensions will update this page as more news comes to hand about what this means in practice for the QLD safety community.

Victoria’s New OHS Regulations 2017

Victoria’s New OHS Regulations 2017

The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 (OHS Regulations) and Equipment (Public Safety) Regulations 2017 (EPS Regulations) commenced in Victoria on 18 June 2017.

You can access them here :

OHS Regulations 2017 [PDF, 2.20MB]

EPS Regulations 2017 [PDF, 276kB]

With the new OHS Regulations 2017 already in force, the compliance codes that align with the regulations are now under review. In consultation with stakeholders, WorkSafe has updated the codes, and eight proposed codes are available for public comment from Monday 1 May to Friday 9 June. Find out more about public comment on the compliance codes.

Find out more about OHS Regulations reform.

OHS Regulations changes

The new OHS Regulations 2017 are mainly the same. However, if you are in a workplace where asbestos is present; are a manufacturer or an importing supplier of hazardous substances or agricultural and veterinary chemicals; work in construction; or operate a mine or major hazard facility, you need to become aware of the changes. In most cases, compliance is required by 18 June 2017.

Most importantly, the new OHS Regulations 2017 maintain Victoria’s already high safety standards. In some high risk areas, like asbestos removal work, they improve standards. The changes also deliver significant savings to Victorian businesses in the areas of high risk work licensing and record keeping for designers and manufacturers of plant.

For some changes, transitional arrangements apply to allow duty and licence holders time to become compliant with the updated regulatory requirements.

If you are affected by the changes, WorkSafe Victoria has prepared a range of information and support resources to help you identify what to do to stay compliant when the changes take effect on 18 June 2017,  contact the email address below.

The Regulations have been renumbered with consecutive numbers, in line with the Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel’s guidance on the preparation of statutory rules. Reconciliation tables are available through the links below to help you quickly compare the numbering between the 2007 Regulations and the 2017 Regulations.

Support information

For further information contact the WorkSafe Victoria Advisory Service on 1800 136 089 or at ohsregsreform@worksafe.vic.gov.au.

Submissions and feedback

Feedback and engagement from our stakeholders has played a vital part in making sure the OHS Regulations 2017 and EPS Regulations 2017 are streamlined and modernised to better reflect current Victorian work practices.

In 2016 the proposed new OHS and EPS Regulations 2017 were made available for public comment and 61 submissions were received. WorkSafe considered and responded to all submissions before finalising the Regulations.

All of the submissions, including WorkSafe’s response, are available in the ‘Proposed Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 and Equipment (Public Safety) Regulations 2017 – Response to public comment’ through the link below.

Resources

Websites


SOURCE:
Worksafe Victoria https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/news/notices/ohs-regulations-reform-2017

WorkLife: Why is work making us sick? (Audio)

WorkLife: Why is work making us sick? (Audio)

Worker compensation claims have been decreasing over time but this masks all kinds of problems with our wellbeing at work.

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Summary of Work-Related Traumatic Injury Fatalities

Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities – 2015

The aim of the Safe Work Australia report is to provide statistics about people who die each year from injuries that arose through work-related activity. This includes fatalities resulting from an injury sustained in the course of a work activity (worker fatalities) and as a result of someone else’s work activity (bystander fatalities).

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Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities Australia 2015

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