Over the last 5 years, too many people have received a knock on the door telling them of the death of a loved one.
The aim of this new campaign is to challenge people to stop and think about safety in their workplace and what’s really at risk if they’re injured or killed at work. You can view the latest campaign below.
Every week, 400 Victorian workers suffer a preventable musculoskeletal injury.
Musculoskeletal injuries’ is a broad term for a lot of different conditions that we commonly know as:
- back pain
- muscle sprains and strains
- soft tissue injuries to the neck, arms, shoulders or legs
- abdominal hernias
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- Fractures and dislocations
They’re all injuries to the body’s musculoskeletal system – our bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons, as well as the soft tissues that connect them all together.
They can affect anyone, regardless of age or occupation.
‘Safety doesn’t take a holiday at Christmas’
Christmas is a time of celebration and it’s important to remember “The most important reason for workplace safety is not at work at all”
Victoria is in its most risky time of the year. There is a bottleneck of activity with many businesses winding down for a well-deserved break and others leading into their peak seasons. The consequences of safety failings don’t always kill, but they can lead to permanent injuries or reduce their ability to enjoy their lives.
To enjoy time off, holidays, happy times with friends and family you need to keep on the ball and focus on what’s to be done so you can make it to those personal events you value.
Return to Work. Return to Life.
Supporting an injured worker to return to safe work as soon as possible makes good sense.
Getting back to work can reduce the financial and emotional impacts on a worker and their family, and help them to recover and return to normal life.
"It doesn't hurt to speak up'
15 to 24 year olds in all types of employment - casual, part-time, labour hire, work experience, or apprenticeships - are more likely to be severely injured at work in Victoria than any other age group.
We have a range of information and resources listed below, designed to help young workers stay safe at work.
This presentation highlights common injuries and how to avoid them.
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- Safety tips for Young Workers
- Your health & safety guide to managing Young Workers (PDF)
- Training checklist for Young Workers
- Young Worker safety - tips for educators
- Young Worker safety - tips for parents & guardians
- Young Workers in Construction Injury Hotspots
- Young Workers in Hospitality Injury Hotspots
- Young Workers in Manufacturing Injury Hotspots
- Young Workers in Retail Injury Hotspots