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Caution over workplace slips, trips and falls

Thursday, 27 September, 2012 - 10:00
Incidents & prosecutions

A simple slip, trip or fall at work can have major consequences, including the serious injury or death of a worker, according to WorkCover NSW.

Falls on the same level were one of the most common workplace injuries, said general manager of WorkCover NSW’s work health and safety division, John Watson.

“During 2010/11 there were 14,720 claims for slips, trips and falls on the same level at a cost of more than $117 million to the NSW Workers Compensation Scheme,” he said.

“The average cost of these claims was $7,965 demonstrating how big an impact a slip, trip or fall on the same level can have.”

WorkCover NSW will hold a free webinar to help businesses and workers prevent falls on the same level in the workplace.

“The webinar will look at the requirements for managing falls on the same level in the workplace as well as work health and safety responsibilities, and how to identify and control risks,” said Watson.

“The webinar provides the opportunity for business and workers to ask questions and get advice from work health and safety experts in real-time.

The webinar is part of WorkCover’s Focus on Industry program which targets the 10 highest risk industries in NSW as well as the five most common injuries and illnesses within these industries. WorkCover will also hold a webinar on sun safety during October.