?More than 220 Australians die as a result of work related injuries and over 134 000 are seriously injured every year,? commented Safe Work Australia Chair, Tom Phillips AM. ?National Safe Work Australia Week reminds us all that safety in the workplace is a country-wide priority.?
According to Philips, work-related injuries and illnesses cost the economy $57.6 billion annually.
Activities will be held in all states and territories across the country, with events such as ?10@10,? which encourages employees to stop for 10 minutes at 10am to speak about safety issues.
The organization is encouraging working Australians to sign on as a ?Safety Ambassador,? taking charge of activities and safety messages during Safe Work Australia Week, held between October 23 to 29.
In previous years Safety Ambassadors have included Ministers, CEOs, health and safety representatives, managers and employees.
?Having the opportunity to be a national Safety Ambassador will hopefully show others in our industry that “tick the box” compliance is simply not good enough,? said Nicola Kelbie from Sunstate Cement, who signed up as a safety ambassador last year. ?As an industry we need to take a best practice approach to safety – we can always do better.?
For more information about National Safe Work Australia Week and to register to become a Safety Ambassador, visit www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au
SOURCE: Safe Work Australia