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.