01:28 pm, Friday 25 May, 2012
In an effort to help businesses understand how WorkSafe can help them prevent workplace health and safety incidents, WorkSafe’s annual business session program is underway with Ballarat being visited on 6 June.
Four people have died over the past five years due to work-related incidents and 3833 people have been hurt badly enough to lodge workers compensation claim. Medical treatment and rehabilitation costs alone for injuries exceed $78 million.
“The impact of this isn’t just on the individual, family, employer and co-workers, but it hits the wider community,” said WorkSafe deputy executive, Ian Forsyth.
“While Victoria has Australia’s lowest workplace injury rate and our employers pay the lowest average premiums in the country, more can be done to reinforce that position.”
The annual business session are aimed at business operators, return to work coordinators and elected workplace health and safety representatives. Seats are available for the Ballarat briefing and a special session for those who help injured workers get back to work – both on Wednesday 6 June.
The free session will provide information on a wide range of topics including helping injured workers get back to work, latest news and developments in workplace health and safety, WorkSafe premium and its calculation, online employer services including a useful tool for the growing number of business operators who use contractors.
Mr Forsyth said the annual event had become an important part of WorkSafe’s community engagement program.
This year WorkSafe will focus on the role of supervisors and how the Workhealth program can help protect people and make the business better.
“By taking just one hour from a busy schedule to get up-to-date with these matters creates an opportunity that pays dividends,” said Mr Forsyth.
“People get information, but most importantly, they have the opportunity to ask questions in an informal setting.”
“People are often busy in their workplaces or running a business and issues like safety, return to work needs for injured workers and the details of the workplace injury can be put aside to deal with ‘another day’.”
|Wednesday 6 June||Ballarat||Noon with return to work forum at 1pm||Mercure Ballarat Hotel|
|Businesses based in local government area||Standardised claims* reported July 2006 to July 2011||Treatment and rehabilitation payments July 2006 to end July 2011|
|Golden Plains (S)||140||$3,752,375|
*Standardised claims are for people off work 10 days or more and/or with treatment costs of more than $580.