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Do you think that safety at work is only for Blue-collar industries? Think again!

It is sometimes said that offices or administration work is ‘safe’. Sure, more serious injuries and fatalities occur in other industries, however, when you consider that the highest cause of work-

place injuries is due to sprains or strains (around one-third), followed by chronic joint or muscle conditions, you may want to re-consider your position.

In fact, every five minutes, someone gets injured at work in Australia and a high percentage of these injuries occur at small to medium businesses.

That’s why, every month, we hear about massive penalties and even criminal charges being handed out to companies and directors who neglect their health and safety obligations.

Don’t join the growing list of case law. It makes better sense to do something about safety at your workplace before incidents occur.

So, where do you start?

The very first thing you must do is to identify the risks involved in the tasks and activities in your workplace.

Whatever industry you’re in, think about safety the same way you think about production, sales targets or any other management issue. Plan for it, manage it and review it. In short, make safety a part of managing your business – you and your bottom-line be glad you did!

Help is near

To help make your job easier, Signature Staff has a dedicated division just for safety,  All About Safety.  Here you can access service, tools and resources that will make easy work of legal safety compliance.

Signature Staff is the Cairns region’s leader for all matters concerning HR, IR and WHS. Contact them on 07 4050 3888 or visit

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