WORK SAFELY TO GET HOME SAFELY

WorkSafe Tasmania Month, which runs from 29 September – 31 October 2014, aims to get Tasmanians talking about and taking action to improve work health and safety.

Statistics show that while injuries have dropped in recent years, in 2013 a total of 8,194 people were injured at work in Tasmania.

These figures equate to 22 workers being injured every day in Tasmania in the past year.

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WorkCover Tasmania Board member Richard Lowrie said no employers or workers wanted to become one of these injury statistics and WorkSafe Month was an ideal time for Tasmanians to consider the importance of work health and safety in their everyday activities.

“The tragedy is that work-related injury, illness and death can be prevented through the adoption of simple safer work practices,” Mr Lowrie said.

“To help Tasmanians stay on top of important workplace issues and innovative work health and safety practices, WorkSafe Tasmania is offering more than 160 free education seminars and workshops across the state during WorkSafe Month.

“Whether you want to learn about working at heights, carrying out manual handling tasks safely, sitting correctly at your workstation or preventing bullying and creating a positive workplace culture, there is sure to be an information session to suit your needs and interests.

“It’s not a huge commitment to stay on top of important workplace issues, but it is a vital one.

“And regardless of your immediate work health and safety needs, everyone’s goal is to go home safely at the end of each working day, so join thousands of Tasmanians taking part in WorkSafe Month to improve your health and wellbeing.”

For a copy of the WorkSafe Tasmania Month Program of Events or to register to attend a seminar or workshop, visit the WorkSafe website at www.worksafe.tas.gov.au email wstinfo@justice.tas.gov.au or call the Helpline on 1300 366 322.

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