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|Work shouldn’t hurt (survey report)||945.73 KB|
This major survey of Australian workers and their experience of safety and injury at work shows a system which is failing to keep workers safe. While only one in every hundred workers is compensated for a workplace injury every year, our survey shows that over their lifetimes almost 80 per cent of respondents have suffered physical or mental injuries as a result of their work. Sixteen per cent know someone who has died at work or from an illness caused by their work.
The survey shows that psychological workplace hazards are under-regulated and consequently under-recognised but just as dangerous as physical ones. In too many workplaces hazards of all kinds are ignored or tolerated.
Workers’ responses demonstrate a widespread belief that employers will politely listen to complaints about unsafe work conditions. However workers do not believe that employers either know what to do or are willing to take action on serious threats to their safety.
This is reinforced by the knowledge that penalties which companies might face for wrongdoing can often be claimed against insurance, a practice that almost all workers believe should be stopped.