With the holiday season being a traditionally dangerous time of year WorkSafe is pleading with employers and workers to take a step back and focus on safety.
According to WorkSafe statistics, more Victorian workers die in the weeks leading up to Christmas than at any other time of year.
Over the past decade, almost 25 per cent of all workplace fatalities occurred in November and December.
There are a number of reasons why it is a dangerous time of year for workers.
With Christmas just around the corner we know many employers and employees are rushing to meet deadlines and complete projects.
In agriculture, the grain and hay harvests are in full swing, the construction sector is hard at work as builders, contractors and tradies push to complete projects before the Christmas shutdown, and the manufacturing sector is busy finalising last minute orders.
We also know that many people are eagerly looking forward to their upcoming holidays and Christmas celebrations, so maybe they are getting distracted from the tasks at hand.
It is important that employers and employees take the time to think about what needs to be done, and how it could be done as safely as possible.
It is simply horrific to think that while Victorian families are preparing for their Christmas break, summer holidays and special time with family, the statistics suggest that, in the weeks ahead, some families will instead be mourning the loss of a loved one at work.
Please focus on safety in your workplace and make sure everyone gets home safely, to enjoy Christmas with their loved ones.