New data released by Worksafe shows that the highest number of injury claims in regional Victoria in 2015 came from healthcare and social assistance workers.
WorkSafe will target safety measures in the health care industry through its Health Practice team, which is developing targeted projects with key stakeholders and major employers in the health sector. It has also increased its inspector visits, with 1,700 inspections in hospitals, aged and disability care workplaces and childcare facilities planned this financial year. Inspectors will be focusing on hazards such as manual handling, fatigue and psychosocial risks of workers.
“It’s vital the Government and our healthcare sector work together to support our frontline workers to stay safe and mentally healthy, so they can do what they do best which is treating patients and saving lives,” said Minister for Health Jill Hennessy.
Minister for Finance Robin Scott visited the new Bendigo Hospital on Wednesday and urged regional employers to make safety a priority.
“One death on a work site is one too many. We want country employers to do everything they can to prevent injuries and ensure workers return home safely to their families,” said Minister Robin Scott.
“WorkSafe is working with employers and stakeholders in the health sector to address the high number of work injuries affecting the staff who keep us healthy.”
The statistics also revealed that WorkSafe received 7,112 claims in 2015, which is almost 20 claims a day – from country Victorians injured at work. Poor manual handling was the leading cause of injury in regional workplaces, followed by slips, trips and falls.