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New action plans to reduce workplace injuries across industries

Media Release
8 August 2018

Four more South Australian industries have been identified to receive specific advice and support in a new suite of Industry Action Plans aimed at reducing workplace injuries and improving overall work health and safety.

The Transport, Manufacturing, Aged Care and Hospitals Industry Action Plans 2018-2020 address injuries, strategic outcomes, focus areas and SafeWork SA’s commitments to industry for 2018-2020.

Among the 10-step actions are working more closely with industry to develop relationships and share knowledge; designing wellbeing programs focusing on shift work and fatigue, challenging behaviours; implementing a Youth Workers’ Strategy to guide young and inexperienced workers; and providing more specific education and advice on particular jobs within each industry.

Background

Workplace injury claims in these four industries have cost more than $80 million a year in 2014 to 2017. Average industry claims cost per year from 2014-2017:

  • Manufacturing: $39 million
  • Hospitals: $18 million
  • Aged Care: $13 million
  • Road Transport: $12 million

These four action plans complement those released last year by SafeWork SA for the Agriculture, Construction and Hospitality sectors.

The suite of action plans were developed following consultation with industry.

For information, advice and support, call 1300 365 255 to book a free advisor’s visit.

Quotes attributable to Executive Director Martyn Campbell

Every industry can benefit from taking a closer look at its approach to workplace safety, and SafeWork SA is committed to offering practical, hands-on support to keep workers safe.

These Industry Action Plans are a collaborative means of working with businesses and industry to improve health and safety outcomes. These plans identify who, how and where people are being injured most across these industries and what we will do to contribute to the reduction of workplace injuries across South Australia.

By raising awareness and sharing experience and expertise, we can help workers take steps to stay safe.