Investigating General Workplace Safety

This week we investigate general workplace safety and an overview of recent statistics paints a frightening picture.

The below information is taken from Workplace Health and Safety Queensland website:

  • For the period January – June 2012, 19 fatalities were recorded
  • 19 fatalities included 17 workers and 2 bystanders
  • This figure includes fatalities resulting from work related trauma at the workplace only. It does not include commuting fatalities / medical intervention or natural causes.
  • The rural sector (including agriculture, forestry and fishing) and the construction sector had the highest number of fatalities (6 each).
  • The most common nature of injury for fatalities during the period was ‘internal injury of chest, abdomen and pelvis’ and ‘Multiple injuries’ (6 each), followed by ‘brain injury’ and ‘electrocution’ (2 each)
  • Being hit by objects’ was the most common incident mechanism (5) among fatalities during the period, followed by ‘vehicle incidents’ (3)
  • ‘Farm Worker’ was the most common occupation group (5) for workers who died during the period, followed by ‘plant operator’ and ‘truck driver’ (3 each). Bystanders accounted for 2 deaths

Makes for sober reading doesn’t it.

As passionate safety professionals, NT encourages all workers to be actively and consciously aware of staying safe at the workplace each and every day / night.

Best Construction Results Posted in Almost Three Years

The Australian Industry Group – Housing Industry Association’s Performance of Construction Index (PCI) has recorded its best result in almost three years. The PCI is based on a survey of approximately 150 building companies throughout Australia.  The index rose 9.4 points to 45.6 points in Februrary, which is the highest result since June 2010.

The February improvement was lead by an increase in residential building across both houses and apartments, the first expansion in this sector since May 2010. Engineering construction also jumped 14.5 points to 53.2, driven by the mining construction boom.

Senior economist, Shane Garrett, of the Housing Industry Association says the improvement in the overall index is encouraging.

“The strong rebound in house building activity captured in the figures adds evidence to the prospect of a modest recovery in this area, which we welcome.”

The improvement in the PCI is likely to see a growth in residential construction jobs. Anyone looking for work within the construction industry should do a White Card online course.