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Plea by WorkSafe for regional safety boost

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A 28-year-old man has been flown to the Royal Melbourne Hospital after his leg was crushed in a metal-shaping machine at Kyabram today.

The incident happened at a metal fabrication workshop in Crichton Road around 11-o’clock.

According to WorkSafe, the incident should again remind employers and workers to seek out potential safety hazards. Now is the time for workers and employers to look at potential safety hazards and for them to be fixed.

Every year there are a number of deaths and many more serious, permanent, injuries caused when people get parts of their body or clothes caught in machines. While WorkSafe is committed to helping employers and workers understand their legal responsibilities there is also potential for prosecution if breaches of workplace health and safety laws are identified.

Incidents like this obviously affect the person and their family, but the consequences are also felt by workmates, team-mates and friends. Prevention is always better than cure. Too often safety improvements are made after the event.

Statistics:

29 work-related deaths reported to WorkSafe in 2006 – 18 from regional Victoria, most in industrial sectors, construction and transport.

WorkCover injury claims in Campaspe Shire July 2001 to June 2006 – 1076 claims at a cost of $17.05million in treatment rehabilitation and compensation.

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