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WorkSafe Victoria events

The state's OHS regulator has scheduled a number of events in late October. Click on the webinar title for more details and to register for the event you are interested in. 

  • Learn more about the infringement notice scheme and what this means for you.
    A webinar with Natalie Wellard (Legislative Services and Reform Manager, WorkSafe).
    When: Wednesday 20 Oct 2021 at 1.30pm to 2.15pm

  • Work-related violence in community care.
    A webinar with Dr Robyn Miller (Mackillop), Michael Perusco (Berry Street), Natassia Williams (GenU) and Dr Anneke Jurgens (Melba). Occupational violence and aggression is an ongoing concern in the healthcare and social assistance industry, and often it is seen to be ‘part of the job’. This session will look at the impact of occupational violence and aggression in workplaces such as hospitals, residential care and similar, the health and safety obligations of employers and what they can do to support their workers.
    When: Wednesday 20 Oct 2021 at 12.00pm to 12.45pm

  • Why WorkSafe exists: Dan and Joanne's stories
    A webinar with Health and Safety Month 2021 ambassadors Joanne Woodward and Dan Casey. Both Joanne and Dan, who received return to work achievement awards in the past, will share their stories of recovery and return to work following work-related injuries.
    When: Wednesday 20 Oct 2021 at 9.00am to 9.45am

  • Why WorkSafe exists: Case studies of prosecutions.
    A webinar with Mark Glenister - Fatalities/COVID Investigations Manager, WorkSafe Victoria. What happens when employers fail to meet their occupational health and safety obligations? Find out, as WorkSafe investigators share case studies of successful prosecutions arising from serious incidents.
    Wednesday 20 Oct 2021 at 10.30am to 11.15am

  • Workplace mental health 101: A business case study
    A webinar with Madelaine Barry (WorkSafe), Linda Hunt (Working Well in Wellington), Dr Alison Kennedy (NCFH) and Adrian Panozzo (CCF Victoria).
    When: Thursday 21 Oct 2021 at 11.30am to 12.30pm

National news

Updated guidance on Traffic Management

Safe Work Australia has updated its General Guide on Traffic Management. The document can be downloaded in either word or pdf format from this page.

National Fatality Statistics  

Safe Work Australia updated its statistics on fatalities September 2, at which time it had been notified that 81 Australian workers had been killed at work this year - this is eight more in the time since August 19. Of these: four were in Transport, postal & warehousing, and two each in Agriculture, forestry & fishing, and Public administration & safety. The total numbers of fatalities have been in the following sectors:

  • 32 in Transport, postal & warehousing 
  • 11 in Construction
  • 9 in Agriculture, forestry & fishing
  • 8 in Manufacturing 
  • 5 in Arts & recreation services
  • 4 in Public administration & safety
  • 3 in Electricity, gas, water & waste services
  • 2 in Mining
  • 2 in Other Services 
  • 1 in Wholesale trade
  • 1 in Accommodation & food services
  • 1 in Education & training
  • 1 in Retail trade 
  • 1 in Administrative & support services

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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