Must-know facts about job safety
When things go wrong in the workplace, it makes a huge impact on the way you view actions and consequences.
These mind blowing facts from reports produced by Safe Work Australia will make you think twice before standing up on your wheelie chair …
One in five manufacturing employers may accept risk taking if the schedule is tight.
You’re running behind schedule. Products need to be pushed out of the factory in double time to make it happen. You’ve been put on double shifts for the last week. Suddenly your boss pushes you into the box cutting machine.
OK. Unlikely. But situations including working overtime hours for prolonged periods of time, putting unqualified people in a position of responsibility, or sending one person on a two man job are all common workplace risks when a schedule is tight.
Over 60% of workers reported that they had been exposed to several disease-causing hazards in the workplace
This doesn’t even include your fellow flu carrying employees. Loud noise, vibration, skin contact with chemicals, biological materials and wet work are just some of the disease-causing hazards workers can come into contact with in the workplace.
Every day over 200 people injure their joints, muscles or tendons at work seriously enough to require at least one week off work
We’re not sure exactly what caused these injuries, but we’re pretty sure they’re not a result of a job safely done. As impressive as you think it looks, heavy lifting, carrying too many materials by yourself, and doing handstands as you pass your colleagues are all big no no’s for job safety.
In 2012-13 there were over 117 thousand serious workers’ compensation claims in Australia, resulting in a total of 1.5 million weeks lost from work
Let’s take that in for a minute – one and a half million weeks without work. It’s a shame you’d probably be in intense pain for most of them should you let safety protocols slip…
Work pressure is the leading cause of mental stress claims in the workplace, causing an average direct cost payout of $19,700
Work health and safety isn’t constrained to physical safety. If you’re affected by social factors in your workplace, it’s going to take a mental toll on your wellbeing. The worker who mentally snaps, trashes their desk and mysteriously never appears again? Yeah. That can really happen.
Workers who worked more than 45 hours per week reported exposure to 60% more hazards compared to those who worked 19 hours or fewer per week
The longer you’re in a particular environment, the more comfortable you become with it. But there’s a big difference between feeling like your workplace is a second home, and taking job safety risks like leaving that litre of water spilt on the kitchen floor.
An organisation’s performance is improved when it addresses work health and safety risks with other important business risks
Work, health and safety risks need to be individually assessed in each organization, due to the diversity of each business environment. Risks that may be obvious to you may not seem so clear to other workers.
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