Workplace Safety – Health Care Social Services

The health care and social assistance industry is thriving, employing more Australians than any other industry. In total, 12% of the workforce is employed in this area and this number is only set to expand as Australia’s population, particularly its aged population, grows.[1] Ironically, the Australians who have dedicated their careers to caring for others are at an unacceptably high risk of receiving an injury (or worse) themselves. For instance, paramedics experience the single most fatalities of any occupation and twice as many injuries as police officers.[2] In fact, the 17,565 accepted compensation claims in 2014 earnt this industry a spot on Safe Work Australia’s ‘priority’ list along with notoriously perilous industries like construction and agriculture.

A closer look

Many radically different occupations exist under the ‘health care and social assistance’ umbrella, which can be divided into four sub-industries:

  • Ambulatory Health Care Services: services in this sub-industry, such as GPs and community-based clinics, provide medical care to outpatients.

The Risks

Although this is a large and diverse industry, there are some features shared by all four sub-industries which can increase risk. Listed below are four risk factors and some preventative measures to improve employee safety:

Shine Lawyers

If you are one of the many Australians who have been injured in your work as a healthcare or social services provider, get in touch with Shine Lawyers today for a no-obligation consultation on your options. Shine Lawyers assists with Workers’ Compensation claims on a No Win No Fee basis, to help workers get back on their feet and access the assistance they deserve.

Written by Shine Lawyers on . Last modified: April 27, 2018.

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