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October is National Safe Work Month

Updated: Oct 18, 2022

A time to commit to building a safe and healthy workplace.

"You don’t need to know the whole alphabet of safety. A, B, C will save you if you follow it - Always Be Careful. - Colorado School of Mines

Being healthy and safe means being free from physical and psychological harm. A safe and healthy workplace benefits everyone.

Each October, Safe Work Australia asks businesses, employers and workers, across Australia to commit to building safe and healthy workplaces for all Australians.

Australia is a world leader in workplace health and safety but unfortunately, workers and others continue to be injured at and by work, sometimes fatally.

Safe Work Australia preliminary data shows that last year, 163 Australians died while doing their job. More than 120,000 people made a workers’ compensation claim for serious injury or illness in 2019-20. Tragically, 68 Victorians lost their lives in workplace incidents.

During 2021-22, Work Safe Victoria:

  • Processed more than 28,000 new claims, 15% relating to mental health

  • Paid $2.8 billion to support injured workers

  • Conducted 37,000 workplace inspections

  • Supported 22,000 injured workers to return to work

Data source: Work Safe Victoria 2022 Annual Report

We all need to remain vigilant about safety at work. The Work Safe Victoria website provides important information, advice, webinars, posters and other workplace safety resources, including tips on how to manage wet weather hazards.

How to manage wet weather hazards

  • Avoid employees working alone and ensure that they have access to a reliable means of communication, either a phone or radio.

  • Inspect work sites to ensure ground stability has not been compromised and foundations are secure.

  • Spread crushed rock on walkways and over mud. Place boot scrapers at access points.

  • Ensure plant operators are aware of the risks posed by waterlogged ground before they begin work.

  • Ensure that electrical equipment that may have been affected by water is taken out of service until inspected, tested and made safe.

  • Identify any soft ground and mark it with flags, bollards or other indicators to warn workers of the danger.

  • Seek assistance when recovering bogged equipment or animals.

“Luck runs out but safety is good for life.” Author unknown.

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