Participating in Safety Week seminars always provides a stark reminder of the need to maintain proper compliance with the OHS Act, OHS regulations & the relevant Code of Practice.
This was especially highlighted during the presentation on manual handling and controlling manual handling risks. The key statistics for every Employer to be aware of are
- 40% of all claims received in 2013 related to manual handling claims.
- 22%are around slips, trips and falls
- the average cost of a manual handling claim in 2013 was $57 000
So it is not only in your business interests to mitigate risks from a cost perspective, it is the right thing do for your employees. It may take only one visit from HR Central to help identify these risks and more importantly create a path to resolution, something very important to consider.