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UnionsWA today commented on the release by WorkSafe of the latest data on workplace injuries.  This WA Government report notes rising rates of injuries and severe injuries for working people, even controlling for the growing numbers in the workforce.

 

Meredith Hammat, President UnionsWA, said:

“Any injury is a great concern.

“Disability is often compounded by loss of income as well as distress to family.

“The WA Governments’ own data now show injury and severe injury rates are rising.

“We need to strengthen, not weaken health and safety laws.

“For the past decade, work injury rates in WA have been declining and WA has been better than the national average.

“Unions are concerned that this latest data shows an increase in work injury rates.

“Further there has been a rise in the rate of severe injuries, those that result in the loss of 60 days or more from work. 

“The WorkSafe report notes that severe injuries are now, quote: “the highest rate in 11 years”.

“Working West Australians deserve effective prevention, tough health and safety laws supported by thorough prosecution and strong penalties.

“The Barnett Government has announced that it will legislate health and safety laws so that WA has lower penalties and poorer protection for whistle blowers than nationally.

“For the Barnett Government and employers to complain about ‘red-tape’ associated with national health and safety law reform is pathetic. 

“Consistent health and safety laws will cost less and improve health and safety in the medium and longer term and, more importantly, reduce work injuries.”


Key data:
 
• Overall injury rates, based on preliminary data published by WorkSafe for 2010-11 indicates a 4.8% rise from a rate of 9.07 in 2009-10 to 9.51 incidences per million hours worked.

• The total days lost due to severe incidences in WA was 4,994 in 2010-11 and the rate of severe injury was 2.65 per million hours worked, compared with the previous year, the highest frequency rate increase in 11 years.

• The highest number of severe injuries were recorded in the health care and social assistance industry.

Source:

“WA Key OSH Statistics” WorkSafe, WA Department of Commerce, released 6 August 2012.

http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/worksafe/PDF/Statistics-industry/WA_Key_OSH_Stats.pdf


 

 
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