Safe Work Australia Week
This week marks the seventh annual National Safe Work Australia Week.
An initiative of Safe Work Australia - the Australian government agency representing governments, unions and industry interests - the event looks to raise awareness of workplace safety.
All working Australians are encouraged to get involved in and concentrate on safety in their workplace to reduce death, injury and disease.
More than 134,000 Australians are seriously injured at work each year and more than 200 deaths are as a result of work-related injuries annually.
"To improve our national work health and safety record we all need to recognise that workplace safety is not just the responsibility of the government and management, but rather a commitment that should be made by every individual," Safe Work Australia chair Tom Phillips said.
"It doesn’t take a big budget to make a big difference," he stated.
According to Safe Work Australia, the most recent estimate of the total economic cost of work-related injuries and illnesses to Australia’s economy is $57.6 billion.
New Safe Work Australia figures also show that the number of compensated injury fatalities is decreasing, and a 20 per cent reduction should be achieved by 2012.