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Workplace fatalities in Queensland have dropped by over 20 per cent

Work SafeMore Queenslanders are staying safe at work with new figures showing a significant drop in workplace fatalities and injuries across the State.

According to the figures, in the last two years, workplace fatalities in Queensland have decreased by 21.3 per cent.

Queensland Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said the results were encouraging.

“The rate of general workplace injuries is down 8.2 per cent and there has been a 6.1 per cent drop in the rate of serious work-related injuries,” the Minister said.

“Queensland workplaces are also under a closer watch than ever before with workplace health and safety inspectors visiting 15.2 per cent more job sites in the last two years.

“These good results mean more Queenslanders are arriving home safely to their families, but it’s important we continue to promote the work safe message,” he said.

Mr Bleijie also today announced the 2014 finalists for the Safe Work Awards, including Rockhampton’s Stanwell Corporation who are nominated in two categories.

“This year we’ve seen a record number of groundbreaking innovations that are not only making a difference in one workplace, but have the potential to be applied to entire industries,” he said.

The winners of the 2014 Safe Work Awards will be announced at a ceremony in Brisbane on Thursday 23 October. For a full list of nominees, please visit http://www.deir.qld.gov.au/workplace/events/safeworkawards/2014-finalist/index.htm


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