WorkSafe Victoria has taken a new approach to help businesses identify safety risks affecting them and their workforce.
The new Injury Hotspots website uses five years’ of workplace injury insurance claims to provide a snapshot of how people get hurt most often, and what can be done to prevent injuries.
“It’s about reminding Victorians that there are real safety risks in all workplaces and proven ways to control them,” WorkSafe Victoria’s Executive Director, John Merritt said.
“Knowing the hazards in your industry and workplace is the first step toward preventing injuries and saving lives”.
“The Injury Hotspots confirm that most workplace injuries are caused by well-known hazards. Accompanying safety solutions represent the typical expectations of WorkSafe inspectors and provide clear easy-to-follow ways to achieve safety,” Mr Merritt said.
Using strong graphics to provide powerful evidence of the need to address known safety risks, the Hotspots will help people understand their legal responsibilities, protect their workers and business.
The Injury Hotspots cover Victoria’s high risk industries including agriculture, meat, road freight, manufacturing, storage, community services, education, health, and construction trades.
The common injuries across the targeted industries include back and shoulder injuries from bending, lifting and repetitive movements; arm, hand and finger injuries from working with machinery or tools; and leg injuries from slips, trips or falls.
Users can click on individual hotspots to find solutions and detailed advice, or download hotspot fact sheets for their industry.
WorkSafe Victoria will release Injury Hotspots for up to a dozen more industries over coming months. The cost of treatment and rehabilitation of nearly 29,000 workplace injury claims in 2006-07 exceeded $1.16bn ($3.2m/day).
32 work-related fatalities and another 66 life-threatening injuries were reported to WorkSafe Victoria in the same period.