WorkCover NSW: wood manufacturing sector high risk for work injuries

Date: Aug 05, 2013

Injuries in the workplace are a constant threat in hazardous work environments, which is why constant vigilance in risk management strategies is an imperative.

Fortunately, those who do hurt themselves on the job may be eligible for injury compensation payments.

These can soften the economic blow that often accompanies a serious work accident.

One of NSW’s highest risk job sectors is the wood products manufacturing sector.

WorkCover NSW issued a statement on August 2 urging the industry’s workers to prioritise safe manual handling.

This comes as the safety authority revealed that the sector was responsible for 1,965 workers compensation claims in the three years prior to 2010.

These claims, 700 of which were filed for accidents involving manual tasks, cost a total of $19.5 million.

John Watson, general manager of WorkCover’s Work Health and Safety Division, said the many manual processes involved in the wood manufacturing sector meant that workers were exposed to a higher risk of injury.

This includes those involved in the manufacture of doors and windows, wall frames, roof trusses and kitchen cabinets.

“Despite these risks, we believe manual handling injuries are preventable and businesses can do more to create safer workplaces,” said Mr Watson in a statement.

WorkCover has announced it is working with NSW businesses to improve both the safety and the productivity of their workplaces.

One of the initiatives they are offering is a free Safety Coach Program. Wood manufacturing businesses in Sydney, Wollongong, Central Coast and Newcastle have the opportunity to sign up before the end of August to this program.

They will then be assigned a safety coach aligned with their industry who will work with them to develop better safe work practices at their premises.

An additional bonus for the 50 small businesses that take part in the initiative is that they could also benefit from rebates of up to $2,000.

All small NSW companies in the wood products manufacturing industry could also be eligible for a limited time for a $1,000 maximum rebate if they “implement a safety solution to improve work health and safety, return to work or injury management”.

“Every worker should return home safely and WorkCover inspectors are working with wood manufacturing businesses to help them reduce workplace injuries and illnesses and improve injury management,” said Mr Watson.

For more information about workers compensation, TPD claims and personal disability claims and how these can help injured workers seek lump sum payments to cover medical costs, loss of

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