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WorkSafe officers paid more than 2,200 transport industry operators a visit this year, issuing 737 safety notices in the process.
WorkSafe issued $4.1 million in fines across all sectors in Victoria, according to the annual Victorian WorkCover Authority annual report.
With more than 21 per cent of workers still at home six months after an injury, the report shows that the longer one is off work, the less chance they have of coming back.
They are also more likely to suffer secondary issues, such as mental health.
The report suggests a strong support network is needed to help those return to work.
The lead-up to Christmas remains the most dangerous period for workers, with three people dying in December last year.
Twenty deaths were recorded in the past year and over 28,000 injury and illness claims were lodged.
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