Brenniston Bulletin

Over 100 lives lost in workplace accidents this year

National Safe Work Month - 1-31 October

National Safe Work Month is a time for businesses to assess their commitment to the safety of their workers. Brenniston is on a mission to make Australia safer by spreading the safe work message and reminding employers about the consequences of being ill prepared.

Did you know...?

  • A reported 531,800 persons sustained a workplace injury in Australia between June 2013 - June 2014. 1
  • A Staggering 3,207 workers lost their lives in work-related incidents between 2003-2015. 2
  • Between 1 Jan 2017 - 28 August 2017, 115 workers have been killed at work in Australia. 2
  • The majority of workplace fatalities between 2003-2015 occurred in the transport, postal and warehousing industries, followed by agriculture, forestry and fishing. 2
  • 32% of workplace injury claims in 2014-2015 were for muscular stress while lifting heavy objects. 3

 According to national regulations, all workers must have access to a first aid kit. The contents should be based on a risk assessment of the nature of the work, the hazards, size, location and the nature of the workplace, and the number and composition of the workers there.

Brenniston National Standard first aid kits are a premium range of Australian workplace solutions, designed to comply with the WHS Act Code of Practice: First Aid in the Workplace. Brenniston proudly produces every one of its first aid kits in Melbourne under the TGA registration.

An up-to-date first aid kit is essential for workplace first aid emergencies. Nearly one third of injuries are caused by muscular stress so having bandages and instant ice packs on-hand, and ensuring staff are trained to effectively use them, is essential to Australian safe work practice.

October is the month for workplaces to take action: uninformed workers or inadequate workplace facilities can lead to serious injury, or even death.

In recognition of National Safe Work Month, here are our tips for identifying hazards at your workplace:

  • Inspect the physical work environment, eg. stairs, noise, lighting, hygiene.
  • Check equipment, materials and substances used eg. machinery, chemical handling, faulty electrics.
  • Consider work tasks and how they're performed eg. lifting, physical repetition, food handling.
  • Examine work design and management, eg. shift work, deadline pressures, workstation set-ups.

Once you've identified the hazards, follow through by assessing the risks, implementing effective ways to control them, and planning for regular reviews.

References

1http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/6324.0

2https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/statistics-and-research/statistics/fatalities/fatality-statistics

3https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/system/files/documents/1706/workers-compensation-claims-infographic.pdf