Workers’ Memorial Day & World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an awareness-raising campaign designed to focus international attention on emerging trends in the field of occupational safety and health.
Today we honour those who have died at work and think about how we can prevent future work-related deaths, injuries and illnesses.
Between 2010 & 2014 agriculture accounted for 24% of all worker fatalities, despite this sector only accounting for 2.6% of the workforce. Consider this: every week nine South Australian primary producers are hurt seriously enough to lodge a work injury claim.
Below we highlight two examples of safety issues that employers in the agricultural industry faced, as well as looking at a recent shift in the way Australian workers need to handle chemicals.
According to Safe Work Australia, serious claims fell 33% between 2000-01 and 2013-14. It’s important as a nation that we keep this number decreasing and continue to identify areas where employers can improve.
If you need assistance in drafting or updating procedures to address these, or any other safety issues, please contact a member of our Employment Law team.