Work safety research centre to open in Gosford today

Work injuries cost $62b/year.

4 December 2017

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A new research Centre aimed at helping reduce workplace deaths and injuries is set to open in Gosford today.

The state government's $2.5 million Centre for Work Health and Safety, based out of the SafeWork NSW building in Donnison Street, is set to gather information to help guide harm prevention initiatives across NSW.

Better Regulation Minister Matt Kean says the Centre will begin by investigating ways to reduce incidents involving Cranes, along with a comprehensive work health survey.

"It will inform policy, identify emerging trends and set priorities for the future through four key streams: insights and analytics, research, science outreach, and business support," Mr Kean said.

“With work-related injury and disease costing the Australian community $61.8 billion in a single year, this initiative can also provide a significant return on investment to NSW taxpayers in reduced workers compensation claims and improved productivity.”

While in the 2015-16 financial year there were 60 workplace deaths statewide, and 31-thousand injuries were reported to SafeWork.

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