Australian workers are now safer on the job, according to a new study from SafeWork Australia. The annual study found that the number of workers fatally injured at work per annum has decreased considerably in 2013 compared to previous years.
Last year, 191 people were fatally injured across Australia – 30 fewer than was recorded in 2012. In 2007, there were more than 300 work fatalities. This means that 2013 was the safest year for workers since SafeWork began collecting records 11 years ago.
The most common injuries involve vehicles. Crashes between automobiles and collisions with pedestrians both caused a large number of deaths among workers. Falling from a height and being hit by dropped objects were also leading causes of injuries.
Warehousing, postal and transport and agriculture were the two most dangerous industries. Fatalities in these areas accounted for nearly half (49 per cent) of all the fatalities that SafeWork tracked. Construction sites were ranked as the third most hazardous workplace.
New South Wales and Queensland are the most common states for injuries. These two states accounted for over half of Australia's total work fatalities, recording 28 per cent and 26 per cent respectively.
Companies in dangerous industries need to ensure they get the right equipment for their needs. Businesses can protect their staff from moving vehicles by using pedestrian segregation barriers and other fencing solutions.
Bystanders are also at high risk from unsafe company activities. SafeWork found that 66 members of the public died as a result of faults in the workplace in 2013. This is the highest number since 2007, when 75 people were killed.
Injuries to members of the public can be prevented using the right equipment. Crowd control fencing is an easy solution that will keep people safe from any dangers.
The right safety solution doesn't have to be difficult and can ensure that your employees are kept safe while they work.