The Cost of Safety

Occupational health and safety is concerned with protecting the safety, health and welfare of people engaged in work or employment. The enjoyment of these standards at the highest levels is a basic human right that should be accessible by every worker. We expect it to already be available but too often things go wrong.

Regardless of the nature of their work, workers should be able to carry out their responsibilities in a safe and secure working environment, free from hazards… safely to work and safely home. When things go wrong we get to see how often the systems that are designed to protect us just don’t work.They are outdated, cumbersome and no longer relevant.  Safety needs to be personalised. It needs to be in your pocket when you need it. It needs to watch your back even if you can’t.

The facts

Workplace injury and disease destroys quality of life, social and family activities, affects job prospects and career advancement. An Australian worker is seriously injured every 2-3 minutes. In 2009/10, 567 500 workers were injured while at work but only 38% received workers’ compensation. The costs of injury go far beyond the workplace, individuals and their families bear the brunt too but our community also suffers from workplace injury socially, financially and emotionally.

It is estimated that around 3,414 workers have died from 2003 to 2016. Most of these are completely avoidable. Many from travelling, falling from heights and becoming trapped.

With the newest international standard ISO 45001 being accepted in Australia we are still struggling to make significant inroads into workplace injury. We need a paradigm shift. We need to make safety part of everyday living so we take it home with us and bring it to work everyday.

Next 10- 20 years

16% population will be living alone (3.1 million in Australia alone) and 30 – 47% of Current jobs will disappear.

39- 43% of us are working remotely or in isolation. We are spending increasing amounts of time alone both at home and while working.

People would live Increasingly nomadic lifestyles.