12:10 am, Wednesday 4 December, 2013
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As part of a campaign to reduce injuries from hazardous manual tasks in residential aged care facilities, SafeWork SA will inspect aged care providers across South Australia.
SA safety inspectors, as well as inspectors from Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory will visit more than 500 residential aged care facilities across the jurisdictions to check on compliance with legislation and to ensure that the control of risks associated with resident handling in aged care facilities are being met.
Inspections will commence this week.
“A significant portion of injuries are to the backs and shoulders of nurses and carers, often taking a long time to heal,” said SafeWork SA Executive Director, Bryan Russell.
“These injuries are also expensive to treat, adding to employer costs and workers compensation schemes.
“This campaign will determine if safe systems of work are in place and regularly reviewed so that manual handling injuries are eliminated where practicable. We need to ensure that aged care workplaces have adequate systems in place so that nurses and carers can move elderly residents safely,” said Mr Russell.
As the aging population grows, the aged care sector is expanding. The number of aged care workers in the country is predicted to increase from 304,000 in 2010 to 825,000 in 2050.