Employers need to keep their staff safe whenever they are working, but the boss cannot hover over everyone the entire time. Employees need to be aware of their surroundings for their own safety. People should know what they are most vulnerable to, if they want a chance at making it through the day unscathed.
The first thing workers need to realise is that the threat is real, and danger could be everywhere. It may seem like the government and lawyers are going overboard with the some of the safety measures they are proposing. But, representatives at Serapovic Injury Lawyers point out that there is a reason behind these conscientious efforts.
In 2011-2012, 228 workers died from work related injuries, equating to 1.99 deaths per 100,000 workers. This represents the extreme consequence of injuries at work. The incidence of serious injuries resulting in more than four weeks absence from work is much greater.
Statistics show that the government is getting better at disseminating information, with the incidence of fatalities significantly lower than their estimated targets. But, there is still a lot of work to do with giving people the information they need to keep the workplace safe.
For example, conventional wisdom says the people most at risk of injury at work are labourers, or people who sweat for a living. This is a good start, but not very useful. Thanks to statistical tracking, however, safety agencies can compile and compare information to find the industries that are the most susceptible to injuries.
According to the numbers, the industry with the most incidents of serious injury claims is agriculture and fishing. It is not that shocking to find farmers and angler at risk in the course of their duties. What did catch most observers by surprise are the industries that were below it, and by how much.
Construction and Mining, both considered as some of the most unsafe lines of work in the world average an annual three claims per 1000 employees less than the top spot. There are many ways to interpret this information. The two most divergent are 1) the mining and construction industries are doing outstanding jobs keeping their people safe, or 2) being a farmer or angler is more dangerous than anyone thought.
Gathering data is part of a greater scheme to keep people informed about what is going on in their industries, and what they can do to avoid being a victim of work related injury.