CALLS TO BOOST WORKPLACE SAFETY IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA


Posted Mon 29 Jul 2013, 3:57pm AEST

Unions WA says more needs to be done to improve workplace safety in Western Australia.
New data from WorkSafe shows there were 18 work-related deaths in the past year – a slight increase of 1.2 per cent compared to the previous 12 months.
The figures also show that while the overall injury rate decreased, there has been an ongoing rise in the number of workers who suffered a serious injury that rendered them unable to work for more than 60 days.

It is now at its highest rate in five years.
Unions WA secretary Meredith Hammatt says the figures are concerning.
“There are still on average one death every 21 days in Western Australia through a work fatality,” she said.
“Clearly, this number is still way too high and we think much should be done by employers, by governments, by everyone in workplaces to really try and get these figures down and improving.”

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