Work-related injuries are falling

SALESPEOPLE are leading the workplace safety charge.

State government figures show people who sell products are top of the heap when it comes to reduced workers compensation claims in the Central Queensland-Wide Bay region.

Making just 410 claims in the 2011-2013 financial years, they reduced their number of accidents by 33%.

Rounding out the top three were managers, with 230 claims, down 28%, and community and personal service workers with 870 claims for a reduction of 13%.

Australian Bureau of Statistics labour force director Stephen Collett said the figures reflected the national trend toward fewer accidents.

"Overall, the rate of injury is a bit over four per cent and figures confirm that work-related injury rates have continued to fall," he said. "We've seen a fall of just over two percentage points - it was 6.4% in 2005-06 and it's now down to 4.3%."

Fresh ABS data shows men, particularly those in the manufacturing and construction industries, were more likely to be hurt at work than women.

Occupational health and safety expert John Whiteoak said safety was everyone's responsibility.

"A combination of factors cause accidents, so a lot of it can come down to the individual in the situation being well-equipped to react and to act," the University of the Sunshine Coast human resource management lecturer said.

"It's a two-way street but it seems pretty clear that workers look to the management to take care of them - that's fair enough - but there are two sides to the safety equation."

Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said education, monitoring workplaces and encouraging change in business practice meant workplaces were getting safer.

- APN NEWSDESK


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