World Day for Safety and Health at Work

World Day for Safety and Health at Work

Each year, April 28 is the World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day.

The general trend in Australia for work-related fatality rates has been tracking downwards over the last decade, however in 2015, 193 workers died at their place of work, according to data cited by Safe Work Australia.

This number is too high; particularly when you consider that many workplace fatalities are the result of accidents that are preventable if correct best practice safety procedures are in place.

As one of the five industries receiving priority attention under the National OHS Strategy 2002-2012, the Transport & Storage industry has seen a reduction in injury incidence rates of more than 20 percent, a result National Heavy Haulage and our industry partners and colleagues have worked hard to achieve.

Our safety record is our proudest achievement. Our enviable record is the result of a range of strategies that include continuous driver education, meticulous fleet maintenance and a rigorous drug and alcohol testing regime. We also recognise that there is always room for improvement when it comes to workplace health and safety.

This year’s theme is Workplace Stress

In a report titled “Workplace Stress: a collective challenge” the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has identified that the workplace stress is now generally acknowledged as a global issue affecting workers across every country and profession in both developed and developing countries.

The report states that psychological risks such as increased competition, higher expectations on performance and longer working hours are making the workplace an ever more stressful environment. These risks are certainly being taken very seriously in the transport industry.

At National Heavy Haulage, today is a day for everyone to think about how our everyday actions in the workplace can prevent further work-related accidents, illnesses and injuries.

The full ILO report is available online.

So this World Day for Safety and Health at Work, make your toolbox talk on safety. If you need safe, reliable and efficient heavy haulage transport anywhere in Australia, contact National Heavy Haulage today.

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