03:10 pm, Monday 11 June, 2012
Every day 43 Victorians are seriously hurt with musculoskeletal injuries, according to Assistant Treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips who launched today a new year-long WorkCover campaign targeting musculoskeletal injuries.
“Musculoskeletal injuries are the most common workplace injury, costing nearly $1 billion a year in medical costs, wages and other expenses,” said Mr Rich-Phillips.
“They affect the body’s muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments and nerves, are easily prevented, often difficult to treat and can be long-lasting and a source of great pain.
“Every day 43 Victorians are seriously hurt with these injuries, with an average workers’ compensation claim costing $55,000 medical costs, wages and other expenses.”
Mr Rich Phillips also said that Victoria had the lowest workplace injury insurance premiums in Australia.
“The Victorian Coalition Government has slashed WorkCover premiums by three percent to 1.298 percent in this year’s Budget saving employers $57 million a year,” said Mr Rich-Phillips.
“Dangerous manual handling particularly lifting, lowering and moving things account for about 68 percent of all Victorian workers’ compensation claims, while about 20 percent are the result of slips, trips and falls.
“These injuries are largely hidden because they do not make the nightly news, but the impact on workers, their families and their employer’s business can be enormous and long-lasting.
“Ensuring people are properly trained and supervised, use the right equipment and clean up spills to prevent falls are no-cost or low-cost measures that will reduce workplace accidents.”