Work-related accidents range from something as minor as a paper cut to a major incident resulting in serious injury or even death.

Various peak bodies in Australia, principally Safe Work Australia and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), maintain statistics and report on work-related injuries and illness. Safe Work Australia has links to a number of useful reports and publications.

Common workplace accidents include falling, tripping, slipping, bumping into or being hit by obstacles, catching clothing or limbs in machinery, and electrocution. Common injuries resulting from workplace accidents include sprains and strains, chronic joint or muscle conditions, and cuts and open wounds.  

A number of factors can influence the likelihood of a workplace accident: age, type of work (e.g. sales, labouring, community service workers), employment conditions (e.g. part-time, casual, contractor, shift work), and industry (e.g. transport, construction, retail, mining, education).

The ABS summary of findings concerning work-related injuries for July 2013 – June 2014 shows that workers aged 50 – 54 and those aged 15 – 19 are the most likely age groups to experience work-related injury or illness. The group with the lowest rate of work-related injury or illness is workers aged over 65. New South Wales appears to be the safest Australian state to work in with 37 people per 1,000 suffering work-related injury or illness, while Tasmania appears to be the least safe place – 66 per 1,000.

Machinery operators and drivers experience more work-related injuries or illness than any other occupation – 88 per 1,000 employed persons. However, community and personal service workers, especially women, also experience significant numbers of work-related injuries – 73 per 1,000. Based on the statistics, almost a third of shift workers can expect to suffer a work-related injury or illness within a 12-month period, compared with full-time workers, who have the lowest incidence of work-related injury or illness. The manufacturing industry has the highest rate of work-related injury or illness, whereas the financial and insurance services industry has the lowest.

Regardless of the nature of the accident, the most qualified person to assist is likely to be the First Aid Officer, who follows first aid procedures, beginning with calling the ambulance and commencing CPR if required, and taking other appropriate first aid actions such as bandaging. However, statistics show that the majority (72%) of people experiencing work-related injury or illness report it first to their supervisor or line manager. Only 14% reported their injury or illness to their health and safety representative.

Nevertheless, Work Safe Australia has produced a First Aid in the Workplace Code of Practice (February 2016) that sets out the first aid requirements for a workplace. Regulation 42 of the Code states that there must be an adequate number of workers trained to administer first aid in the workplace, or workers must have access to an adequate number of people who have been trained to administer first aid. The Code further states that first aiders should hold nationally recognised statements of attainment issued by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

Allens Training on the Sunshine Coast can assist your workplace to meet its work safe obligations. Allens Training regularly holds the most usual course required by first aiders: HLTAID003 Provide First Aid (which includes cardiopulmonary resuscitation). Topics covered include: the legal and social responsibilities of a first aider; determining first aid facilities and training requirements; assessing an emergency situation; administering first aid for a variety of injuries (e.g. burns, minor wounds, factures, snake bite, eye and soft tissue injuries); managing a casualty; maintaining the airway, breathing and circulation of an unconscious casualty; operating an automated external defibrillator.

Courses are run at our Birtinya training centre and at premises in Noosa.

To book into your next first aid course please book online via our secure website or phone 07 5438 8888.


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