Over the coming weeks, SafeWork SA will be undertaking audits focusing on the safety control measures in place to protect workers from musculoskeletal disorders, including new worker induction training and manual handling training.
According to Safe Work Australia, workplace injury and musculoskeletal disorders accounted for 55% of serious claims in 2015–16, with the most common being traumatic joint/ligament and muscle/tendon injuries (almost 43%).
Under the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (SA), business owners are responsible for providing adequate training and supervision for all workers, ensuring equipment is in safe working order, and appropriately managing all risks to prevent injuries such as these.
To comply with these legislative requirements, businesses must identify all hazards specific to their workplace, and have appropriate control measures in place to prevent or minimise the risk of harm to workers and the public.
A successful safety plan ensures that all:
- hazards have been identified and appropriate control measures are in place;
- workers receive adequate training and supervision; and
- safety control measures are reviewed regularly.
We can assist in this area with ergonomic reviews and on-site manual handling training.
For further information or assistance, contact the WR team on (08) 8291 2000 or via email by clicking here.