02:22 pm, Monday 15 July, 2013
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Safe Work Australia has recently released the Notifiable Fatalities Monthly report for February 2013.
There were 16 work-related notifiable fatalities reported during this period (13 male and 2 female workers and 1 male bystander). Of these deaths, 2 workers and 1 bystander was killed from public road incidents.
Of these fatalities, 3 were from Vehicle incident-public road crash and being Hit by a falling object. Two deaths each involved Vehicle incident-not on a public road, Fall from a height and Electrocution. One fatality each involved Pedestrian hit by vehicle-public road, Pedestrian hit by vehicle-not on a public road, Crushing and being Hit by moving object other than vehicle.
The report states that there were four fatalities at Construction workplaces and three at Agriculture, forestry & fishing workplaces. Two fatalities occurred at each of these workplaces: Transport, postal & warehousing, Manufacturing, Public administration & safety and Rental, hiring & real estate services. One death happened at an Arts & recreation services workplace.
The report provides a national summary of work-related deaths notifiable to Australian work health and safety jurisdictions. Aside from providing an estimate of the number of work-related fatalities, the report also shows details of the types of incidents involved. It also includes details of the industry of the workplace at which the fatalities occurred, as well as industry of the decedent’s employer.
Workplace deaths affect not just workers but businesses and the community as well. Occupational fatalities can be prevented. Ensuring work health and safety is everyone’s responsibility. Employers must provide adequate training to all employees in the appropriate safety procedures and establish a safe working environment to prevent accidents from happening.
SafetyCulture offers a full range of Safe Work Method Statements to help businesses manage risks at work and ensure the safety of workers. A complete list of SWMS can be found here.
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