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WorkSafe celebrates Geelong milestone

WorkSafe's headquarters at 1 Malop St officially opened this week in 2018. 
 
The regulator says its move has brought more than 1000 jobs to the city and more than 700 WorkSafe team members now call the Geelong and Surf Coast region home. Economic modelling estimates that since construction of its headquarters began, its presence has injected more than $670 million into the Geelong region.  This direct economic impact is expected to reach $827 million by the 10-year anniversary in 2028.

WorkSafe Chief Executive Officer Colin Radford said the organisation was proud to call Geelong home. "The benefits of WorkSafe's move to Geelong can be seen in our community every day, whether it's the welcome economic boost, our support of grassroots organisations, or the opportunity for our workers and their families to call this wonderful part of Victoria home," he said. Read more: WorkSafe media release

National News 

National Fatality Statistics 

Safe Work Australia updated its statistics on fatalities on June 24, at which time it had been notified that 51 Australian workers had been killed at work this year, eight more than the previous update on June 10. The fatalities were: 4 in Transport, postal & warehousing; 1 each in Construction, Manufacturing, Education & training and finally, one is currently 'unknown'. The total numbers of fatalities have been in the following sectors:

  • 19 in Transport, postal & warehousing 
  • 8 in Construction
  • 6 in Manufacturing 
  • 4 in Agriculture, forestry & fishing
  • 3 in Arts & recreation services
  • 2 in Mining
  • 2 in Other Services 
  • 2 in Electricity, gas, water & waste services
  • 1 in Wholesale trade
  • 1 in Public administration & safety
  • 1 in Accommodation & food services
  • 1 in Education & training
  • 1 'unknown'

These figures are based mainly on initial media reports and provide a preliminary estimate of the number of people killed while working. Once the appropriate authority has investigated the death, more accurate information becomes available from which Safe Work Australia updates details of the incident, consequently sometimes the numbers of deaths in each sector change. Updated information is used to publish Safe Work Australia’s annual Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities report which includes finalised work-related fatalities from 2003 onwards. Note that the figures are based on preliminary reports, and so at times will change. To check for updates, and for more details on fatalities since 2003, go to the Safe Work Australia Work-related fatalities webpage

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