News article published

Friday 27 May 2011

Industries and topics

  • Health and safety representatives

The fully-booked 60 minute session will be held at the RACV Inverloch Resort and will cover a range of topics, including injury insurance, workplace safety practices and getting injured people back to work.

WorkSafe Deputy Chief Executive, Ian Forsyth, said speaking with workplaces across regional Victoria was crucial.

“Twelve of the 23 work-related deaths in 2010 were in regional Victoria, including seven people in agriculture,” he said.

“People living in regional Victoria are four times more likely than city dwellers to be admitted to hospital as a result of a work injury.”

“It is imperative that regional Victorians stop and think about what is ultimately important to them and what they can do to prevent more tragedies.”  

“Consultation with the workforce, setting standards and ensuring they’re adhered to is the start of developing safer workplaces.”

The number of work-related deaths for 2011 stands at eight, including a farm worker who died after a cow pushed him against a wall on a farm near Inverloch on 12 April.

More than 540 injuries in the Bass Coast region have been reported to WorkSafe over the past five financial years. Treatment and rehabilitation costs for these workers - paid for through their employer’s workplace injury insurance – exceeded $9 million.

The roadshow is designed to provide a “one stop shop” where people can be updated on recent or coming developments and be given the opportunity to discuss matters of concern.

This year’s focus will be on the introduction of national workplace health and safety laws which take effect in 2012.

Information to help businesses comply with their obligation to help return injured people to work, safety priorities and upcoming changes to employer premiums will also be discussed.

Twenty roadshows sessions will be held across the state as part of the campaign, including 11 in regional Victoria. For details, visit: www.worksafe.vic.gov.au.