This report covers the identification of potential priority areas for the initiation of systematic activities by the Authority to reduce occupational trauma in the Ballarat region, and ultimately the rest of Victoria. This project follows on from the previous study by the project team, involving the preliminary analysis and review of the VWA claims database.
A strategy for prevention is based on the understanding that occupational injuries are preventable; exposure, equipment, environment and operational procedures can be modified for preventive purposes. Solutions to these problems should, primarily, be sought in modifications of technology, organisation and exposure. Safe systems of work are the necessary foundations for safe behaviour in the workplace.