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Thirty per cent of workers’ deaths over the past decade have been due to truck-related incidents, says the latest Safe Work Australia report.

Between 2003 and 2012, 787 workers were killed in these incidents, according to the report, ‘Work-related fatalities involving trucks, Australia, 2003 to 2012’.

The report’s key findings state that 80 per cent of the incidents on public roads involved the death of the truck driver or passenger.

It also notes that 39 per cent of fatalities involved single-vehicle truck crashes while incidents that occurred while loading or unloading a vehicle accounted for 15 per cent of the fatalities, and repair and maintenance activities accounted for seven per cent.

Half of the truck-related fatalities occurred in the transport, postal and warehousing sector.

For more detail, visit the report.

Published on 22 May 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

Have you visited www.nationalsafetyawards.com.au?

Why not create an account and enter today! It is easy and free.

By entering the National Safety Awards of Excellence you are showcasing your talent and demonstrating the value of WHS in your industry.

2013 Winner: Best Individual WHS Achievement – Daniel Smith
“I would strongly encourage other businesses/individuals to enter the awards. They help to showcase safety talent in a diverse range of industries, and being a winner (or even a finalist) helps raise your profile, with recognition from highly regarded safety professionals across Australia”.

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Daniel Smith from Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia. Read more »

Reasons to Enter

  • Share your solutions with your industry
  • Look after your work mates
  • Lead by example and be recognised.

Entries close Sunday 6 July 2014.

To enter and for more information visit www.nationalsafetyawards.com.au today!

Celebrate your safety heroes! The 2014 National Safety Awards of Excellence are now open for nominations.

Whether your safety program or initiative is big or small, if its making a positive difference to workplace safety and culture, we want to hear about it!

Previous award recipients have said entering the Awards…

  • “has delivered a surge in employee morale
  • “showcased safety talent
  • “had a positive effect on the workers”
  • “resulted in safer more productive operations
  • “were a motivation to drive further safety initiatives”

Submit an entry today and recognise your safety heroes.

www.nationalsafetyawards.com.au

For any enquires, email awards@nsca.org.au or call 1800 655 510.

Two $10,000 scholarships for improving women’s safety at work are on offer from SafeWork SA.

The scholarships are offered each year to people working on women’s work health and safety initiatives and research.

“These scholarships recognise the legacy of Augusta Zadow, a prominent advocate for women’s suffrage and improved conditions for the women and children working in South Australia’s factories,” SafeWork SA said in a media statement.

Zadow founded the Working Women’s Trade Union and was SA’s first female factory inspector in 1895.

“The scholarships build on Augusta’s achievements by funding the ongoing improvement of the health and safety of women at work through further education, research or solutions to a work health and safety issue faced by working women,” said SafeWork SA acting executive director Marie Boland in a media statement.

Applications close Friday 27 June.

For more detail, visit the scholarships.

Published on 8 May 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

Employers are being urged to sign up to the National Road Safety Partnership Program and share their road safety tips to cut the road toll.

The program was launched this week, with the hosting of it transferred from the National Transport Commission (NTC) to the ARRB Group.

The NTC began engaging with the business community about the program in 2011. Holden, Origin Energy, Telstra, Suncorp/Vero and Uniting Care Queensland are some of the founding members of the program’s steering committee – which was set up in 2012.

The program offers a library of best practice road safety programs that employers can access and implement in their workplaces.

“Experts predict that road crashes will kill or injure 170,000 Australians over the next five years and work-related road crashes account for almost half of all Australian workplace deaths,” NTC CEO Paul Retter said in a media statement.

Retter noted that because “almost half the new vehicles sold in Australia were purchased by fleets this program had the potential to cut road tolls across Australia and reduce road congestion at the same time”.

“This program will help businesses keep their employees and fleets safe, productive and sustainable, especially by reducing the costs of injuries and compensation,” said steering committee member, Mark Stephens from UnitingCare Queensland, in a media statement.

For more detail, visit the program.

Published on 8 May 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.


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