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Safe Work Month – 191 Aussies died from work

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Every year throughout October, Australians observe National Safe Work Month, which is a time for workers and employers to commit to building a safe and healthy workplace.

Last year in Australia, 191 people died while doing their job and over 106,000 people made a claim for a serious injury.

No industry should be unsafe to work in and no death or injury is acceptable.

The theme for this year’s National Safe Work Month campaign – ‘A moment is all it takes’ – calls on all of us to spend a moment each day considering safety in the workplace.

Safe Work Australia CEO Michelle Baxter said that while a safety incident can happen in a moment and in any workplace, a moment’s forethought can prevent harm.

“Taking a safety moment can be as simple as spending five minutes every morning talking with your team about the hazards and risks in your workplace, and how to prevent harm.

Leading up to October, Safe Work Australia will publish a range of resources on the National Safe Work Month website, including posters and graphics specific to a range of industries. Employers and workers can use these resources to raise awareness of work health and safety in their workplace.

“Injury or death in the workplace changes lives forever. This October, take a moment to consider what workplace safety means to you,” Ms Baxter said.

Keep an eye on Safe Work Australia’s social media accounts and sign up to our mailing list (tick the ‘National Safe Work Month’ box) for alerts and updates.

Share your safety moment using #mysafetymoment

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