A recent survey* on workplace safety in Australia showed that 1 in 10 workers is afraid to report workplace safety issues because they fear losing their jobs. A shocking statistic.
But the survey unveiled more evidence of severely lacking safety cultures. More than a third witnessed a co-worker being injured due to a lack of training. These incidents were often not reported because employees feared losing their jobs. 17 percent even admitted that colleagues had been fired after sustaining injuries in the workplace.
Almost 1 in 5 respondents had filed complaints about a safety issue in the workplace, but their employers never took preventative measures. A blatant disregard of safety and also huge a missed chance to empower your company.
While most countries have regulations that require employers to provide their workers with a safe workplace, we keep hearing about employers that don’t do so. This isn’t only the case in Australia, dangerous situations at workplaces are well known and documented all over the world. One of the most common examples, unfortunately, is workers who are set to work at height without any form of safety measures or fall protection (PPE) or training.
Most countries have strong labor laws in place that should protect employees not only from fall hazards, but also from adverse action should they raise safety concerns. It seems, however, that several companies need to own up to their responsibility to their workers.