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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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