Make work safety a priority this Christmas, reminds WorkCover Queensland

WorkCover Queensland is reminding employers to ensure the safety of their workers in the lead up to Christmas.

WorkCover Queensland Executive – Priority Industries, Barbara Martin said it is during this time of the year that injury claims tend to rise.

“People rush to get everything done before Christmas. But after a busy year, they’re often already worn out and can easily lose concentration, which leads to mistakes and injuries,” said Ms. Martin.

“During the holiday season, WorkCover often sees a spike in injury claims for simple but preventable accidents, like falling from ladders, slips, trips, and falls.”

Ms. Martin advised employers planning to hire temporary workers to cover for employees on annual leave to ensure they receive full safety inductions and training, especially when working with machinery.

“Temporary workers are at most risk of injury at this time of year because they are hired for a specific purpose and timeframe and safety inductions may not always be a high priority,” she said.

She also said workers should be reminded of company policies around acceptable behaviour and conduct during company functions.

“It is important to remember that employers are legally responsible for workers’ conduct at work-related events such as seminars, conferences, work functions… and Christmas parties,” WorkCover stated in its reminder.

“If an accident occurs at a Christmas party a claim must be lodged with WorkCover as soon as possible. The claim will be determined on a case by case basis under our normal determination process.

“The Christmas season is a joyous and happy period to be celebrated with family, friends and work colleagues. Do all you can to ensure your employees stay safe over the festive season.”

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