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Unions Believe Tougher OHS Laws Will Reduce Work Injuries
Figures released for the launch of WorkSafe month revealed that injuries have dropped approximately 4 per cent in Tasmania.
Workplace Relations minister David O’Byrne recalled that there were 8,934 injuries reported last year– almost 400 less than the previous year.
“For the first time we’ve dipped below 9,000 injuries per year,” he said.
Thus far there have been 4 work-related deaths in the past year.
New workplace laws will be implemented this year.
Unions Tasmania’s Kevin Harkins says “Tight timeframes, tight profit margins…just pushing to get the job done,” he said.
However, Harkins lamented that Tasmania remains the second worst performing state behind Queensland.
Most injuries and deaths happen in the construction and farming industries.
Recently a Hobart man injured at work was granted the state’s highest compensation payout of $7.5 million.
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