Workers are staying safer in Queensland. There has been a recent drop in the number of fatal injuries.
Worker deaths have declined by 21.3 per cent in Queensland, according to new data from the state government.
Queensland has maintained a good health and safety record over the last two years, with both the number of workplace injuries and deaths decreasing. As well as the 21.3 per cent decrease in fatalities, there has been an 8.2 per cent drop in non-serious injuries and a 6.1 per cent reduction in serious injuries.
While this is good news for employees, there have been further legislative changes for companies operating in the state. New legislation has increased the potential penalties for electrical faults in Queensland workplaces, and workplace health and safety legislation is also under review.
Greater penalties for non-compliance have also increased in recent months. These changes, which were implemented on May 16, increased the penalties for refusing inspectors access to a site.
At the same time, the state government has increased the number of workplace inspections. Over the last two years, there has been a 15.2 per cent increase in the number sites inspected for health and safety across Queensland.
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie pointed to the new levels of funding that Queensland is dedicating to health and safety.
“[The state government has] prioritised worker safety by investing a further $2.35 million into injury prevention and management, doubling the capacity of the program,” said Mr Bleijie.
“These good results mean more Queenslanders are arriving home safely to their families, but it’s important we continue to promote the work safe message.”
It is important to get the right equipment in place to stay compliant to new regulations. Safety signs and labels are important for every workplace, and items like extinguishers and gas cylinder storage systems need to be inspected regularly to stay up to standard.