At all levels of The Drake Group, we take safety very seriously. After all, it’s the people that design, manufacture and deliver our heavy haulage trailers that matter the most and ensuring they work in an environment that prioritises their safety is of paramount importance. This is why we’re celebrating this year’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work on Saturday, April 28.
This year’s event bears the subtitle Generation Safe and Healthy and focuses on making sure younger workers – those between 15 and 24 years of age – do not have to continue working in an unsafe workplace. They are the group 40% more likely to directly come across a potentially hazardous safety issue while on the job, due to their inexperience, overconfidence or feeling like they cannot speak up when an issue arises. Many young workers feel the need to prove themselves on the job, and this can lead to unnecessary injuries or worse.
While age will continue to be a factor with each new generation of workers, education and awareness can combat this statistic.
Employee safety in the future
The organisers of the day, Safe Work Australia, have an ambitious but achievable goal of eliminating unsafe work environments around the world by 2030. To help make this happen, we are all strongly encouraged to continue the conversation in the workplace about employee safety, on World Day for Safety and Health and through the rest of the year.
It’s very easy to get involved. Start by using the hashtag #worldWHSday2018 to find out more online from other people who are taking up the challenge and engage people at work about the cause. Encourage your co-workers, managers and staff to look at the security tools and protocols in your work environment with fresh eyes and remind the more youthful workers about their rights and duties in regards to WHS matters. Some workplaces have or can arrange a safety inspector to examine the workplace and propose changes if required.