What’s the number?

What do you think the number of Australians killed at work is for this year. I was staggered reading this today. We often see articles in the newspaper, online or on the news about someone being killed at work.

That’s someone’s father or mother, brother or sister, cousin, uncle or aunt that hasn’t made it home due to an incident at work that has cost them their lives

It’s a pretty sobering thought that this still happens and probably more often then you think.

What’s the number?

Not all but most workplace incidents can be avoided by simply following procedures, checking work areas, checking equipment and not taking short cuts just to get the job done. A safe workplace is generally a productive workplace. It’s rarely the other way around.

Have you ever been involved with or around when someone has lost their life at work? I haven’t, and I hope I never am. For this reason, I will participate and collaborate with my clients and colleagues to keep our workplaces as safe as possible.

What’s the number?

Well, here it is.

As of the 8th of July, there have been 77 Australian workers killed at work in 2019.

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In 2018, the preliminary data show there were 149 Australian workers killed at work, compared with 190 workers in 2017. These 2018 figures are preliminary figures and will be updated when more information becomes available.

The number of worker deaths listed in this table is based on initial media reports and is a preliminary estimate of the number of people killed while working. Once the appropriate authority has investigated the death, more accurate information becomes available from which Safe Work Australia updates details of the incident.

Yes from 2017 to 2018 we got a significantly lower result which is fantastic. This year however we seem to be heading for a similar figure as we got for 2018. We can do better, no. We MUST do better!

Please, Please be safe at work my friends. Don’t take short cuts, Don’t rush jobs at the end of your shift or week. Report Hazards, Follow Procedures, Consult, Collaborate, Talk.

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Only by working together can we all be safe at work.

Rusty