Safe Work Australia Week

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Monday, 11 August, 2008 - 10:00
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Industry news

Safe Work Australia Week

safety work week 2008

Safe Work Australia Week is a national week to focus attention on workplace safety issues around Australia. It aims to encourage all working Australians to get involved in, and concentrate on, safety in their workplace to reduce death, injury and disease.

This year Safe Work Australia Week will be held from 19 - 25 October 2008.

The link to the ASCC website is http://www.ascc.gov.au/ascc/SafeWorkAusWeek/SafeWorkAusWeek2008/

Why is workplace safety important?

Over 140 000 Australians are seriously injured at work every year and more than 250 die as a result of work-related injuries. Many more die as a result of work-related disease such as mesothelioma.

This means 17 in every 1000 employees will be off work for at least a week due to work-related injury and disease with two of these needing over six months off work to recover from their injuries or illness.

The tragedy is that work-related injury, illness and death can be prevented through the adoption of safer work practises.