Data released by WA’s safety watchdog has revealed the number of compensation claims lodged following serious workplace accidents has reached an 11-year high, with on average one worker killed every 19 days! But, hey,WA’s Commerce Minister Simon O’Brien says WA has a great safety record…
Workcover WA severe workplace injuries claims at record high
Worksafe figures show the number of compensation claims made over severe workplace injuries in WA has risen consistently since 2006.
Unions WA president Meredith Hammat says the figures are concerning.
“These are people’s lives that we’re talking about,” he said.
But, the number of claims for less severe injuries has dropped almost every year over the past decade.
“We’ve got the safest workplace of any state after Victoria,” he said.
The data is based on Workcover claims.
We can’t help but think that one of the reasons ‘nervous shock’ claims for direct family members for killed injured workers were recently abolished, for example in NSW, is simply because so many people are killed on the job! And instead of working on safety and prevention of senseless deaths, they prefer to contain costs by abolishing much needed support and compensation to distraught relatives. As we saw in John’s article, this is not only immoral, but poor financial management, as more money will have to be spent trying to fix people forced into substance abuse, resulting mental illness and homelessness because of these measures.