07:40 am, Tuesday 28 September, 2010
Over $45 million was spent last year in Glen Eira and Port Phillip communities over avoidable work-related injuries, Worksafe Victoria says.
According to the safety watchdog, 17,000 Victorian workers suffer musculoskeletal injuries every year.
In Glen Eira, the payments totalled $10.5 million.
WorkSafe has released the figures as part of a campaign stressing that musculoskeletal injuries are not confined to workers whose jobs involve heavy lifting.
“Workers in child care, retail, hospitality and other sectors not normally associated with heavy lifting suffer debilitating injuries every day,” said WorkSafe’s strategic programs director Trevor Martin.
“They’re the most preventable, because simply cleaning up a spill on the floor or providing some lifting equipment eliminates the risk.