Queensland workplace fatalities and injuries have dropped significantly, according to the latest figures.
According to new figures, there has been a significant decline in workplace fatalities and injuries across the state. One person who is particularly pleased with these results is Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie.
Bleijie expressed his happiness with the results. He also reminded Queenslanders to think about their most important reason for staying safe at work, like family and loved ones.
Minister Bleijie issued a statement explaining,
“This Government is committed to making Queensland the safest place to live, work and raise a family and the results we’re seeing are a testament to that,” Mr Bleijie said.
“In the last two years, workplace fatalities across the State have decreased by 21.3 per cent.
“The rate of general workplace injuries is down 8.2 per cent and there has been a 6.1 per cent drop in the rate of serious work-related injuries.
“Queensland workplaces are also under a closer watch than ever before with workplace health and safety inspectors visiting 15.2 per cent more job sites in the last two years.
“Since being elected to Government, we have prioritised worker safety by investing a further $2.35 million into injury prevention and management, doubling the capacity of the program.
Mr Bleijie also explained that the government had already introduced more improvements which were part of the reason for the improved health and safety figures. Some of the improvements introduced by government were a comprehensive asbestos management plan, increased penalties for electrical safety breaches as well as the extension of the Zero Harm at Work Leadership Program.
The government has also implemented a review of the current Act to improve health and safety among Queensland worksites.
Mr Bleijie explained that ultimately these good statistics meant that more workers would be arriving home safely to their families. But he cautioned Queenslanders to remain dedicated to the message of workplace safety and not allow it to be just a temporary thing. He explained:
“These good results mean more Queenslanders are arriving home safely to their families, but it’s important we continue to promote the work safe message,” he said.
“The new ‘Work Safe. Home Safe’ campaign is about making sure Queenslanders think twice about their wellbeing at work in the lead up to Safe Work Month in October.
“Whether it is your family, your pet, or just a bit of ‘me time’, every Queenslander has something special they want to come home to at the end of a long working day.”
White Card training is another reason why safety in Queensland has improved. Ensuring that all workers have received the necessary general construction safety training known as the White Card is crucial to maintaining site safety because it teaches workers how to act in a way that protects their own health and safety as well as that of their co-workers on the work site.