Even more reason to feel unsafe at work: the new workers compensation law
The results of a five year survey of more than 8000 workers were unveiled at a workplace safety forum in Sydney last week. The survey found that one in four health and community workers believed their work is unsafe.
“Being a nurse or doctor in the public health system is one of the most stressful places to be,” said Sydney University research director Professor John Buchanan.
Sydney University research director Professor John Buchanan unveiled the findings at a workplace health forum in Sydney last week.
“I think there’s a stereotype about what an unsafe workplace is – it’s a coal mine which is going to fall on top of people, or they’re going to get poisoning of some kind, or fall off a multi-storey building,” he said.
“But the hazards of work are far more subtle these days.”
“Most people don’t realise that in the health system, it’s the good will of those professions which is holding the show together, and they can’t do it forever and their health is suffering.”
The research also indicated that male employees were twice as likely as female employees to have a workers’ compensation claim.
The top three occupations for compensible injury and disease among men were labourers (25 per cent), trades workers and technicians (21 per cent) and intermediate production and transport workers (18 per cent).
For women, clerical and sales employees had the most compensible injuries and diseases (27 per cent), followed by labourers (20 per cent) and professionals (18 per cent).
The findings also revealed that only 17 per cent of workers are confident they won’t get injured or sick from work.