General Portfolio Press Releases

19
Apr

Victoria safest for young workers: WorkCover stats

General Portfolio Press Releases
Assistant Treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips today revealed recent WorkCover statistics that show Victoria is the safest state in Australia for young workers when comparing the work health and safety schemes of each state and territory.

The report ‘Work related injuries experienced by young workers in Australia 2009-2010,’ is the latest national data available that compiles the number of work injury claims, for workers under 25, per 1,000 employees across the states and territories.

The national results are:
- Victoria – 10.2 claims for every 1,000 employees;
- ACT – 14.9 claims for every 1,000 employees;
- Tasmania – 15.8 claims for every 1,000 employees;
- Queensland – 18.7 claims for every 1,000 employees;
- Northern Territory – 28.8 claims for every 1,000 employees;
- New South Wales – 29.6 claims for every 1,000 employees;
- South Australia – 30.6 claims for every 1,000 employees; and
- Western Australia – 30.7 claims for every 1,000 employees.

“These results confirm Victoria as the nation’s leader in workplace safety,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

“Victoria already has the lowest rate of workplace injuries of any state in Australia, and this data clearly demonstrates that we also take the lead in safety among young workers in particular.

“Victoria has the safest and most effective scheme, the lowest rate of workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths, and the lowest workers’ compensation premiums in the country and the Coalition Government is committed to continuing the current workplace safety scheme.”

WorkCover Chief Executive Denise Cosgrove said the fight to ensure every worker made it home safely every night would go on.

“I am determined we remain the safest state for every worker – from the youngest to the oldest – and that will drive our strategic thinking over the next five years,” Ms Cosgrove said.

“We know that young workers are less likely to speak up about safety and seek assistance – they may fear looking stupid or incapable, or even fear losing their job.

“If they are not sure about what to do, they are more likely to just ’have a go’, and therefore can put themselves, and others, at risk.

Employers and supervisors play an important role in reducing risk for young workers and also in supporting young workers with appropriate training and supervision, and encouraging
them to speak up about safety,” Ms Cosgrove said.

To view the full Safe Work Australia report, go to www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au

Kristy McSweeney 0408 451 658

Source: Gordon Rich-Phillips - Assistant Treasurer

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