May 12th 2023
Nine Victorian workers died from crush injuries in 2022, WorkSafe data reveals
WorkSafe has warned employers about the dangers of crush injuries after eight Victorian workers were killed in crush incidents in 2022.
Worksafe data shows the safety watchdog accepted more than 400 workers’ compensation claims for crush injuries last year, with the manufacturing industry accounting for more than a quarter of the claims.
WorkSafe Executive Director Health and Safety Narelle Beer said fatal crush incidents can have devastating effects on employees and their families.
"There is a wide variety of crush injuries and workplaces where they occur, but the one thing they all have in common is that they are avoidable if the risks are assessed and the right control measures are put in place," Dr Beer said.
Dr Beer said any employer who fails to protect workers from crush injuries will be prosecuted.
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