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Grim stats shine a light on workplace hazards

Feb 24th 2022

Grim stats shine a light on workplace hazards

There were 66 work-related fatalities in Victoria last year.

This figure includes 43 people who died as a result of occupational incidents and 14 people who succumbed to work-related diseases.

Another five people died in work-related transport incidents in 2021, with three deaths following work-related medical incidents. One worker lost their life due to an alleged criminal act.

The figures show more than 23,000 workers were injured seriously enough to have a claim for compensation accepted last year.

WorkSafe Chief Executive Officer Colin Radford said no one was immune to the shocking effects of workplace injury or death.

"Hundreds of Victorians have just spent their first festive season without a loved one by their side because of a workplace death," Mr Radford said.

"Many others are themselves dealing with the pain and suffering from serious and often life-changing injuries suffered at work."

"We need every workplace to take the time to properly assess their health and safety risks and plan how to eliminate or manage them because failing to do so can lead to tragedy."

Last year, the majority of fatalities (40) occurred in metropolitan Melbourne.

Read the full story on the WorkSafe Victoria website.

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