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Date PostedAugust 6, 2014

Construction WHS Awareness: Latest Australian Worker’s Compensation Statistics Released

The 12th Ah  12 ction News: nnual Safe Work Australia “Australian Worker’s Compensation Statistics report” has been released and the good news for workers and employers is that the rate of serious injury and disease has dropped by 14% over the past four years from 16.0 claims per 1000 employees since 2004-2005 to 13.8 claims per 1000 employees in 2007-2008.

According to the report the new definition of serious claims have come in line with the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022 targets and are now defined as those which result in absences from work for at least a week.

The report also found that there have been 223 compensated fatalities recorded so far across Oz for 2008–09. From these fatalities 172 were from injury and musculoskeletal disorders and 51 were from other diseases.

According to the report the number of compensated fatalities has increased from 275 recorded in 2004–05 to 286 recorded in 2007–08. Most injuries during the period were as a result of body stressing, although the number did decrease by 13 per cent.

Serious injuries and diseases accounted for 120,155 worker compensation claims and of these serious claims the majority were males – accounting for 64 per cent.

The employees that appear most at risk are those in their forties, the average age of an employee with serious claims was 42.

The report also provided more detailed information about compensation claims from the construction sector, which overall is the fifth most dangerous sector in the nation.

Although injury rates are down across the employment workforce, health and safety still has a long way to go before we reach our goal of getting every worker home safely at the end of each day.

How General Construction Induction Training Can Help

Trying to bring down the rate of injury in the construction industry cannot be successful without first reviewing the issue of worker safety training. Awareness of the risks is crucial to avoid falling victim to them, which is why worker training is of the utmost importance.

The first type of safety training that construction workers must undergo is White Card training which is the general construction induction course for anyone working on a construction site. In addition to fulfilling a mandatory federal requirement, workers who complete this training are most often being introduced to health and safety laws, employee rights and responsibilities, employer duties and hazards associated with construction work.

This training is in many ways the most important training workers will undergo because it lays the foundation for what could possibly be a lifetime of work on a construction site. Given the value of the information gained and the fact that it will probably save workers’ lives, it is worthwhile seeking a good training provider who will supply students with the best quality safety training.

As one of a few registered training organisations, we are able to provide students with a comprehensive White Card course, delivered in a convenient and simple manner without compromising on quality – our course was developed by experts with decades of experience in the construction health and safety industry.

Peter Cutforth is a Director at Urban E-Learning, a global elearning and web strategy firm based in George St Brisbane. Peter's interests extend to training, safety and compliance, online marketing, and Mobile Apps.

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