In 2019, 183 workers were fatally injured at work in Australia and despite the number of occupational fatalities being on a downward trend, any workplace accident is tragic.
As workplaces reflect on how to prevent work-related accidents this World Day for Safety and Health at Work, it also provides an opportunity to acknowledge those who have suffered from fatal or life-changing occupational injuries and diseases at work.
This year’s theme is anticipate, prepare and respond to crises and invest now in resilient OHS systems. The theme recognises the profound impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on workplaces and the ways in which we work, stimulating dialogue on the importance of creating and investing in resilient OHS systems.
With 46 per cent of Australians working from home in April last year, this presents new occupational health and safety issues that employers and employees are responsible for. Managing these risks can be as simple as discussion with colleagues to ensure understanding and knowledge of safety precautions and procedures.
For more information and tips for how to create a safe workplace, visit the WorkSafe Victoria website.
If you would like advice on an occupational injury you have sustained at whether at work or at home, contact our lawyers for a free first appointment on (03) 9321 9988.