Victorian workplaces again Australia’s safest

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Victorian workplaces again Australia’s safest

Assistant Treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips has congratulated Victorian workplaces after Victoria was once again identified as the safest state in Australia in which to work.

Mr Rich-Phillips said the latest comparison of every state’s health and safety schemes by federal agency Safe Work Australia (SWA) identified Victoria as the state with the lowest rate of workplace injuries.

Mr Rich-Phillips made the announcement today at A.G. Coombs Group Pty Ltd, a leading commercial building services organisation in Moorabbin that received a prestigious VWA Health and Safety Award for its commitment to workplace safety.

“Victorian workplaces such as A.G. Coombs are continuing to make safety a priority,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

“Our workplaces are the safest they have ever been and we continue to see the number and rate of workplace injuries declining. But we all need to remain vigilant about health and safety.”

According to SWA’s Comparative Performance Monitoring Report, Victorian workplaces recorded 5.6 claims for every million hours worked in 2012-13, down from six claims in 2011-12, an improvement of more than 6.6 per cent.

Victoria was followed by Western Australia (6.1 claims per million hours worked), NSW (6.9), South Australia (7.4), Queensland (8.2) and Tasmania (8.6).

“These results are a great credit to Victorian employers and their staff. The Victorian Coalition Government remains committed to working with them to improve health and safety standards so that everyone gets home safely at the end of the day,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

VWA Chief Executive, Denise Cosgrove, who toured A.G. Coombs’ operations with Mr Rich-Phillips, said the company had an innovative approach to health and safety.

“A.G. Coombs Group Pty Ltd is yet another example of a Victorian business taking its approach to workplace health and safety to the next level,” Ms Cosgrove said.

“It’s success stories like this that have directly resulted in workplace injuries in Victoria being at an all-time low.”

A.G. Coombs Group Pty Ltd Managing Director, Russell Telford, said proactively approaching health and safety in the workplace was a culture engrained across the entire organisation.

“A.G. Coombs has long had a best-practice, fully-integrated safety management system in place. We attach the highest importance to workplace health, safety and wellbeing. Combined with our culture of innovation and technical leadership, this has produced a new approach to prefabricating building services that significantly reduces construction risk.

“A.G. Coombs is very proud to be recognised with this prestigious award. We are hopeful this award will encourage further innovation in the building services industry to improve safety and other outcomes.”

Also attending the event was Member for Bentleigh, Elizabeth Miller, who said A.G. Coombs has shown outstanding leadership in workplace safety.

“A.G. Coombs has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to workplace safety and are a wonderful example to other local businesses,” Ms Miller said.

For more information on the Safe Work Australia report, go to

Media contact: Andrew Drever  0409 580 996 
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