Tuesday 07 June 2011

WorkSafe roadshow comes to Shepparton and Wodonga

WorkSafe’s annual business roadshow comes to north-east Victoria this week with briefings being held at Shepparton (Wednesday) and Wodonga (Thursday).

The roadshow is to give employers an overview of changes to Australia’s workplace health and safety laws which take effect on 1 January, 2012, and changes to workplace injury insurance.

WorkSafe inspectors will also be on hand to answer questions on OHS issues.

Bookings for the two sessions can be made online at www.worksafe.vic.gov.au.

Twelve of the 23 work-related deaths in 2010 were in regional Victoria and included seven people working on farms.

Treatment and rehabilitation costs for nearly 6200 people hurt at work in the north-east in the five years to the end of June 2010 were nearly $168-million.

Shepparton had the north-east’s greatest number of injuries (2015) costing more than $38.4million in treatment and rehabilitation costs alone. It was followed by Wodonga (1364) with treatment and rehabilitation costs of $27.3million.

“This has a direct impact on the premiums paid by businesses, employee and business productivity and wider community impacts,” WorkSafe’s General Manager for Health and Safety, Lisa Sturzenegger, said.

“Preventing injuries must be the primary objective, but it’s also important for employers to help get people who have been hurt at work back when it is safe for them to do so even if it’s part-time or another role while they recover.

“The reality is that 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 people in the north-east stop and think about what is ultimately important to them and what they can do to prevent injuries and deaths.

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

There have been nine work-related deaths so far this year including six in regional areas.

 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 with WorkSafe staff.

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.

VICTORIAN WORK-RELATED INJURIES (AS WORKPLACE INJURY INSURANCE CLAIMS) JULY 2006 TO END JUNE 2010

Local government area

Standardised claims

(see note below)*

Treatment and rehabilitation payments to 31Aug2010

 
Alpine (S)

369

$10,129,668

Benalla (RC)

365

$7,117,882

Campaspe (S)

914

$19,972,702

Greater Shepparton (C)

2015

$38,401,984

Indigo (S)

228

$6,103,658

Mansfield (S)

287

$4,894,221

Mitchell (S)

721

$14,150,114

Moira (S)

767

$16,669,574

Strathbogie (S)

221

$3,490,001

Towong (S)

93

$2,382,859

Wangaratta (RC)

834

$16,042,758

Wodonga (RC)

1364

$27,332,166

Total

8178

$166,687,587

*These claims are for injuries where the person was off work 10 days or more AND / OR had treatment costs exceeding $580.

It does not include self-employed people unless they identify as employees of a company - e.g. someone with a van, trailer and a lawn-mower may be a sole trader or  may be an employee of Bob's Mowing and therefore eligible. If it is the former they may have separate injury insurance or pay for treatment etc themselves.

Figures differ from area to area for a number of reasons such as municipality size and population, residential-commercial-industrial-agricultural mix.

Further Information

WorkSafe media enquiries: Rosanna Bonaccurso 0478 305 640

Public enquiries: Call the WorkSafe Advisory Service on 1800 136 089 between 8:30am and 5pm Monday to Friday, email info@worksafe.vic.gov.au or write to Advisory Service, PO Box 4306, Melbourne, 3001.