Health and safety shouldn’t really be about laws and regulations; it’s about looking after people. Workers, contractors, managers and site visitors – a safe workplace means they all go home healthy and safe at the end of the day.
Too many people in manufacturing are getting hurt at work. 38 people died in construction between 2008 and 2014 and thousands more suffered serious injuries. These are more than just statistics – they are real people with friends and family. Workplace deaths and injuries take a terrible toll on our community.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Most workplace incidents are preventable with a bit of planning. Why wouldn’t you act to keep your staff, your friends and your co-workers safe?
Businesses can’t succeed without a fit and healthy workforce. Every day off work is lost production.
Over the seven years between 2008 and 2014 there were more than 10,000 severe ‘body-stressing’ injuries (such as back and shoulder problems) in the manufacturing sector. On average each one of those injuries caused 129 days off work – that is six months of lost productivity for each injured worker. It is even worse for severe injuries caused by falls, trips and slips which resulted in an average of 164 days off (33 weeks).
Good health and safety practice means you, your staff and your co-workers can keep working. Keeping everyone safe and healthy helps ensure your people remain productive and your business is profitable.
By demonstrating you take the health and safety seriously, you may also qualify for a Workplace Safety Discount on your annual ACC levy.
The new Health and Safety at Work Act is now in force. It requires businesses to identify and manage work-related risks and introduces new rules for worker engagement and a new duty on Boards and Chief Executives to do due diligence when it comes to health and safety.
Check out the main WorkSafe website to learn more about the new law.