Last year alone, 160 people in Australia died at work, with a further 497,300 suffering injury or illness in the workplace.
The impact of this is catastrophic. In addition to the devastation caused to families and communities who lose loved ones, senior executives are facing serious consequences if they fail in their duty to protect their employees. Only recently, a company owner was given a two-year prison sentence after one of his employees lost their life because they weren’t given adequate practical training.
Cases like this are setting a new precedent and demonstate that the bare minimum is no longer tolerated from a moral or a legal standpoint. Yet, year on year, the lives of workers in Australia’s high-risk industries continue to be lost.
Is there a solution to avoiding this tragic loss of life and freedom? To answer this question, we investigated the connection between fatalities and the quantity and quality of training provided. The insights are game-changing, and we hope this report acts as a valuable resource to all businesses who want to better protect their workforce.