New industry action plan for four identified industries to reduce workplace injuries

SafeWork SA’s new industry action plan will reduce workplace injuries across industries.

Four South Australian industries will become beneficiaries of the action plan which aims to reduce injuries in the workplace and improve overall work health and safety.

The Transport, Manufacturing, Aged Care, and Hospitals Industry Action Plans 2018-2020 address injuries, strategic outcomes, focus areas and SafeWork SA’s commitments to industry for 2018-2020.

Included in the 10-step action plan are working more closely with industry to develop relationships and share knowledge; designing wellbeing programs focusing on shift work and fatigue, challenging behaviours; implementing a Youth Workers’ Strategy to guide young and inexperienced workers; and providing more specific education and advice on particular jobs within each industry.

The four identified industries recorded more than $ 80 million workplace injury claims a year from 2014 to 2017. The manufacturing industry’s average claims cost per year from 2014- 2017 was $ 39 million; hospitals at $ 18 million, aged care at $ 13 million and road transport at $ 12 million.

“Every industry can benefit from taking a closer look at its approach to workplace safety, and SafeWork SA is committed to offering practical, hands-on support to keep workers safe,” said Executive Director Martyn Campbell.

“These Industry Action Plans are a collaborative means of working with businesses and industry to improve health and safety outcomes. These plans identify who, how and where people are being injured most across these industries and what we will do to contribute to the reduction of workplace injuries across South Australia.

“By raising awareness and sharing experience and expertise, we can help workers take steps to stay safe.”

The action plans were developed following consultation with industry.

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