Victoria safest for young workers: twisted workcover stats!

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Assistant Treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips, Vic’s workcover Minister revealed on 19 April that recent WorkCover statistics show Victoria is the safest state in Australia for young workers when comparing the work health and safety schemes of each state and territory. Now, now, isn’t this a rather misleading way of hiding the truth of  SafeWork Australia’s newly released  report “Work-related injuries experienced by young workers in Australia, 2009–10″, which shows that workplace health and safety basically is not working for young workers, that under 25′s account for most work injuries, and… hang on, that almost two thirds (75%!) of injured young workers did not apply for workers’ compensation?

Victoria safest for young workers: WorkCover stats

 Assistant Treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips today revealed recent WorkCover statistics that show Victoria is the safest state in Australia for young workers when comparing the work health and safety schemes of each state and territory.

The report ‘Work related injuries experienced by young workers in Australia 2009-2010,’ is the latest national data available that compiles the number of work injury claims, for workers under 25, per 1,000 employees across the states and territories. The national results are:

  • Victoria – 10.2 claims for every 1,000 employees;
  • ACT – 14.9 claims for every 1,000 employees;
  • Tasmania – 15.8 claims for every 1,000 employees;
  • Queensland – 18.7 claims for every 1,000 employees;
  • Northern Territory – 28.8 claims for every 1,000 employees;
  • New South Wales – 29.6 claims for every 1,000 employees;
  • South Australia – 30.6 claims for every 1,000 employees; and
  • Western Australia – 30.7 claims for every 1,000 employees.

“These results confirm Victoria as the nation’s leader in workplace safety,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

“Victoria already has the lowest rate of workplace injuries of any state in Australia, and this data clearly demonstrates that we also take the lead in safety among young workers in particular.

“Victoria has the safest and most effective scheme, the lowest rate of workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths, and the lowest workers’ compensation premiums in the country and the Coalition Government is committed to continuing the current workplace safety scheme.”

WorkCover Chief Executive Denise Cosgrove said the fight to ensure every worker made it home safely every night would go on.

“I am determined we remain the safest state for every worker – from the youngest to the oldest – and that will drive our strategic thinking over the next five years,” Ms Cosgrove said.

“We know that young workers are less likely to speak up about safety and seek assistance – they may fear looking stupid or incapable, or even fear losing their job.

“If they are not sure about what to do, they are more likely to just ’have a go’, and therefore can put themselves, and others, at risk.

“Employers and supervisors play an important role in reducing risk for young workers and also in supporting young workers with appropriate training and supervision, and encouraging them to speak up about safety,” Ms Cosgrove said.

To view the full Safe Work Australia report, go to www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au

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Source: http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/6538-victoria-safest-for-young-workers-workcover-stats.html

The truth, as posted on 28 March 2013

75% of young injured workers do not apply for workcover

SafeWork Australia’s newly released  report “Work-related injuries experienced by young workers in Australia, 2009–10″ shows that workplace health and safety basically is not working for young workers, that under 25′s account for most work injuries, and… hang on, that almost two thirds of injured young workers did not apply for workers’ compensation.

A fifth of all work-related injuries experienced by Australian workers were incurred by workers aged 25 and under, according to new data released by Safe Work Australia.
The report, Work-related injuries experienced by young workers 2009-2010, found the injury rate of young workers (the rate of injuries per 1,000 workers) was 18 per cent higher than for those aged over 25.
The injury rate of 66.1 work-related injuries per 1,000 young workers was considerably high compared to 56.2 injuries per 1,000 workers aged over 25.

Under 25’s account for most injuries

The report also found the difference between the injury rates of young and older workers was greatest in the manufacturing, accommodation and food services, health care and social assistance and construction industries.

Other findings showed that almost two thirds of injured young workers did not apply for workers’ compensation, with half of them feeling their injury was too minor to warrant lodging a claim; a quarter of all their compensated injuries involved the hand, fingers and thumb, with young males at particular risk; and two thirds of young worker fatalities involved a vehicle.

Chair of Safe Work Australia, Ann Sherry said young people needed to understand the different safety issues in their workplaces and learn the value of following safety procedures to protect them while they were working.
“Often in their first jobs, young workers can get caught up with the excitement of entering the workforce,” Ms Sherry said.
“They may overlook the need to be familiar with the potential workplace hazards and safety procedures in place.”
She said the statistics in the report showed why it was necessary for young people to learn safe workplace practices and who they should go to for help.
“The safety habits and behaviours they learn now will set them up for positive safe work practices for the remainder of their working lives,” she said.

Tsk, tsk, tssk…. wouldn’t you agree that Mr Gordon Rich Phillips may have misrepresented some fundamental facts?

It may be interesting to see if “young workers” in other states actually report their injuries! And if they claim workers compensation for their injuries?So that apples can be compared with apples and not with pears, eh.

 

5 Responses to “Victoria safest for young workers: twisted workcover stats!”

  1. Y bother I’m sorry you had to go through that it just shows how corrupt workcover is in every state.

  2. The reason Vic is the safest state is that tradies will not go on workcover or report any problems to worksafe. My son is a tradie and the rubbish he has had to deal with as an apprentice is mind boggling. The problem is if you report any of this you are out of a job. One employer told him it was stupid to wear ear muffs when using a circular saw for a few minutes as it wouldnt hurt his ears. Luckily my son is not stupid and his grandfather suffers from industrial deafness and he told them he would wear ear muffs when he was using any power tool. But a  lot of young apprentices are too scared to stand up for themselves and end up wrecking their health. He was also told to take his shirt off and get a tan. Well my son told them that he was not that stupid and that melanoma was in his family and he wasnt going to risk his future health. (god I am so proud of him for doing that). The rule in the building trade is you dont snitch and you dont go on work cover because by doing either you will be out of a job. Thats why the figures a so low!!!!!

    • Pugsly I spoke up about the person threaten us. met after work by there gutless 6 mates, covered up by WC QLD forced to go to an industrail hearing and stiffed with a 6OOOplus bill

  3. Not to mention that often employees (the smartest not the stupid like I am) LEAVE a dysfunctional and dangerous workplace before things go awful, even so they are humiliated and they lost their entitlements they just walk away and leave the rubbish behind!

    The report obviously doesn’t consider employees leaving jobs due to bullying and harassment or even worse injured employees walking away who prefer to pay expenses by their pocket (as I did initially) and walking away to avoid being BLACKLISTED! You guys might ask how the hell employees can be in a black list and being “reported”, well it’s not a surprise that insurers hold this list!

    By visiting internet forums I got caught in discussions among “white collars” experiencing bullying and harassment (surprised it’s a common thing?) in their workplace. Usually those people avoid dealing with the bully or even making any complaint so what they do is asking their Managers for “re-training”  options as an excuse to move and leave the toxic place!

    Xchangingvictim April 25, 2013 at 8:22 pm
  4. I have personally heard employees threatened about reporting injuries. The employee was told “make too many work cover claims or incident reports and your employer will see you as a risk and consider termination.” Yet the employer let the poor workplace practices continue. I guess if employees can be bullied into submission to keep the stats low, what ever works. They are all low hanging fruit anyway.