The disability services sector consists of organisations, their employees and volunteers who provide services to people with a disability. These services include residential support, community based activities, day programs and supported employment. These services assist people with a disability to be more independent at home and in the community.
Between 2004 and 2008, nearly 2000 disability services workers were seriously injured at work in Victoria. Sixty per cent of these injuries were sprains and strains, also known as musculoskeletal injuries*. These injuries are preventable.
The six most common hazardous tasks that cause injury in the Disability services sector are:
- Moving and supporting people with a disability
- Supporting people with personal hygiene care
- Assisting people in wheelchairs
- Handling wheelchairs in and out of vehicles
- Occupational violence
- Moving and lifting objects
You can learn more about ways to control the most common causes of workplace injury in disability services by downloading the Disability Services OHS Compliance Kit. This kit provides practical advice about controlling the risks associated with the most common hazardous tasks in disability services.