Avoiding slip and fall injury claims during National Safe Work Australia Month

Date: Oct 21, 2013

October could be the perfect month to raise awareness of slip and fall injury claims, as Safe Work Australia has dubbed it National Safe Work Australia Month 2013.

Last year, the organisation held a similar week-long event, and it drew such acclaim that the group decided to host it again this year.

For 2013, the group has designated the theme of the month to be "Safety is a frame of mind. Get the picture". This idea was conceived to encourage the public to think about why they need to be careful at work and get home from their job safely.

"Every workplace in Australia should focus on improving health and safety during October to reduce the incidence of death, injury and disease," said Safe Work Australia Chair Ann Sherry.

"I encourage everyone to get involved in promoting safety at work during safety month. A great way is to register as a Safety Ambassador in your workplace."

Ms Sherry added that the public can get involved in several ways. Registering as a safety ambassador is one of the most effective options. However, anyone can attend an event that will be put on to raise awareness of work safety.

Cutting down the number of slip and fall injury claims

Every year, thousands of people are injured in slip and trip accidents. Often, these result in musculoskeletal injuries, cuts, bruises, fractures and dislocations, and are most often caused by a few usual suspects. These include liquid spills, wet cleaning methods, rain or snow that enters into doorways, sudden changes in floor surfaces, loose or bumpy flooring or the incline of a ramp.

Safe Work Australia has provided several examples for companies to lower the chances of workers or customers suffering slip and fall injuries, which include identifying all potential hazards, selecting control measures and implementing these tactics to control the risks of slipping.

Ms Sherry hopes that this year, she will see a record turnout for the number of people who come forward to become safety ambassadors.

"In 2012 a record 699 people registered as Safety Ambassadors and this year we’re aiming for at least 800 workers to get involved by registering and organising safety awareness activities at work," she stated.

Public liability injury claims could be a serious setback for any business, so it's important to take the proper precautions.

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