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August is Tradies National Health Month, safety in focus

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The Tradies National Health Month in August is an APA initiative to focus attention on workplace health and safety issues.

The initiative aims to implement, maintain and follow rigorous workplace health and safety processes and procedures, complete with emergency plans in place. WorkSafe statistics reveal 10 Australian tradies are badly injured at work per day (or 3560 per year) and require worker’s compensation. Between 2008 and 2013, there were over 17,000 injury claims from the construction industry alone with the cost of those injuries estimated at $1 billion.

Companies are increasingly concerned about these statistics and seek to ensure that any unfortunate incident is handled properly with due risk mitigation. Businesses realise that the health and safety of their employees impact their profitability, and therefore aim to not only meet their legal and regulatory obligations, but also have the assurance of their employees’ wellbeing.

The Time and Attendance system from Mitrefinch Australia helps facilitate effective Workplace Health and Safety processes for companies, with capabilities such as Fire Evacuation Management, Real-time Onsite Reports, and Control of Access Points and Restricted Areas coupled with the ability to quickly identify staff with specialist skills and even conduct Fatigue Management Planning.

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