07 Jan 2015
According to provisional figures released by the Victorian WorkCover Authority, 23 people had died in Victorian workplaces in the past year 2014. This is an alarming figure and some serious measures should be taken to avoid such accidents in workplaces that led to deaths of workers.
VWA Executive Director of Health and Safety, Len Neist, advised to all Victorians with heading into a new year that workplace safety to be made as priority in all the circumstances. He continued by adding that while the number of injuries at workplaces has declined but fatalities are still in occurrence with tragic frequency. So lets all aim for a fatality free 2015. During 2015, everyone has an important part to play to avoid any causalities.
Employers have the chance to improve safety by providing necessary training and expert supervision to the whole staff, that enables the staff to have the right equipment to carry out the tasks and also assists them to identity and manage the risks in the most effective way. He adds that the best way to prevent workplace injuries or deaths is to obey and implement safety together that can surely control any exposures to hazards.
Major highlight will be agricultural sector wherein there were 10 causalities and 8 of those happened in farms. More emphasis is towards the safety of farmers as these form a major portion of deaths and thus highlighting the potential dangers of working in agriculture. Farmers often work alone and thus exposed various risks including the work with heavy machinery. So it is extremely important that they remain vigilant and safe while working in farms.
WORKPLACE FATALITIES 2005 - 2014
No of Deaths
He ends the speech by saying "We want all Victorians to come home safe every day. Make sure you put safety first and make sure your employees and your workmates do the same."
For more detailed information about the fatalities in 2014, please read the original source of news at http://www.vwa.vic.gov.au/news/news-article?result_42915_result_page=1
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