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Industry safety snapshot highlights need to keep improving

May 11, 2017

Safe Work Australia (SWA) is promoting its online virtual seminar for the road transport industry by publicising its industry profile infographic.

SWA says the infographic is based on the latest data from worker fatalities and workers’ compensation claims, and includes statistics on the nature, circumstances and main causes of injuries and fatalities in this industry.

Data from the infographic shows:

  • 5,100 workers’ compensation claims are accepted each year (average)
  • 34 road transport workers died at work in 2015
  • 27% reduction in rate of serious claims between 2001–02 and 2014–15
  • 34% decrease in rate of fatalities between 2003 and 2015
  • 77% fatalities were due to vehicle collisions
  • 92% of road transport fatalities occurred in road freight transport

Workers who successfully applied for compensation were affected by the following injuries:

  • 21% back
  • 15% shoulder and upper arm
  • 10% knee and upper leg
  • 9%   ankle and lower leg
  • 8%   hand, fingers and thumb
  • 7%   wrist, elbow and forearm

The seminar is aimed at work health and safety professionals, researchers and other stakeholders who are interested in statistics about worker fatalities and serious injuries in the road transport industry.

The infographic and virtual seminar are available here.

Safety laws

Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws were introduced to help make the industry safer and improve road safety for all users.

No longer is safety solely in the hands of the vehicle drivers. CoR ensures that all parties in the supply chain that use heavy vehicles to transport goods are accountable.

The best way to keep abreast of your CoR obligations, upcoming changes to legislation, as well as case laws, hints, tips and downloadable forms to help keep you compliant are available in CoR Adviser.

This monthly newsletter, written in plain English by the transport lawyers at Holding Redlich, is full of information you won’t find in the mainstream media.

Subscribe today to CoR Adviser to ensure you’re not left in the dark, which can be costly if you – or your supply chain partners – breach the CoR laws and you haven’t taken reasonable steps to ensure a breach didn’t occur.