Between 2001 and 2012, there were 177 workers compensation claims for query (Q) fever in NSW, with costs totalling more than $3.5 million. Given this alarming statistic, the growing threat of Q fever, and the fact that many cases go unreported, we are educating those in the veterinary industry about the dangers of the bacteria. […]

The Centre for Work Health and Safety opened its doors for business in December last year. Comprising experts in the fields of research, insights and analytics, science outreach and business, the Centre leverages data and evidence to create awareness, suggest smarter approaches and bring about behaviour change in work health and safety. The team doesn’t […]

Falls from heights remain the biggest killer on construction sites in NSW. And a worker doesn’t have to be perched on top of a 12-storey building to be at risk of death or serious injury as a fall from just two metres or less can also prove fatal. Over the past three years, most serious […]

Last month, we launched the second year of our ‘Safety starts with you’ campaign, which aims to ensure workers and employers stay safe on the job. Coming home safely to loved ones is generally everyone’s number one motivator to keep safe at work. But it is all too easy to become blasé about workplace safety, […]

Early this year, SafeWork inspectors attended an incident in southwest Sydney after a 15-year-old construction worker got severe lacerations to his thigh, down to the bone, while using a circular saw to cut lengths of timber. It was his first day on the job. Power tools come in various shapes, sizes, voltages and varieties. Yet, […]

There are more than 1.4 million shift workers in Australia and the chance of them falling asleep at work is 60 per cent greater than those who work during the day. Naps can help improve alertness. Many shift workers nap before and during their shift, and often before driving home in the morning. Generally, when […]

If you’ve made a claim for a work-related injury or illness, you will soon find yourself navigating the workers compensation system. The State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) has developed a new web app to help workers understand their rights and entitlements in the workers compensation system. If you are entitled to ongoing payments, the app […]