By now we all know that investing in Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) is crucial to keeping workers safe but it’s also important for other reasons.
An article on BusinessInsider.com.au pointed out some of the other benefits of prioritising workplace safety and complying with legal requirements to ensure workplace safety for workers, clients, contractors and site visitors.
Implementing safe work practices also benefits the business’ bottom line and it’s long term viability.
The post referenced a survey conducted every 4 years by the Australian Bureau of Statistics which found that during the 12 months between July 2013 and June 2014, there were 531,800 workers who experienced a work related injury or illness and 61% had time off work.
The post went on to explain,
Further, Safe Work Australia’s report on workers’ compensation statistics in relation to serious claims states median time lost increased between 2001 and 2015 from 4.2 weeks to 5.6 weeks per individual and median compensation paid to individuals increased during the same period from $5,200 to $11,000.
The bottom line is, workplace accidents, injuries and illness cost billions of dollars every year.
Workplace incidents also cost the company itself in more than just down time and lost productivity. Decreased efficiencies and increased insurance and compensation costs end up costing the company even more than it would to just invest in better safe workplace practices.
Creating a safe work environment can maximise employee productivity by helping you to retain your most valuable resource – your experienced staff and minimise the broader impact of injuries and illnesses within the workplace. Workplace safety practices can reduce the cost of compensation payments while preventing escalating insurance costs and helping you to avoid the damaging consequences of workplace accidents to your company’s reputation.
Finally the writer poses the question, “How can we increase workplace safety?”
While there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to improving workplace safety, in any workplace there are areas where risks can be identified, assessed and managed.
It’s also crucial to remember safety starts with training. Safety in the construction industry begins with general construction induction training, also referred to as The White Card course. This course teaches people entering the construction sectors how to work in a way that is safe and doesn’t put oneself or others at risk.
The White Card course can be completed quickly and conveniently online and once completed, you can work on a construction work site anywhere in Australia.