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Temporary agency workers in the state of Victoria, Australia, are continuing to work more safely than ever before, according to the latest WorkSafe report on Labour Hire Claims Performance. This looked at claims made by agency workers, also known as “on-hired workers”.
The report showed that the number of claims made by on-hire workers per AUD 10 million of remuneration has dropped by 9%, particularly in the construction industry. The claims performance for on-hire/labour hire workers, for the second consecutive quarter, is now better than traditional direct hire workers.
In the 12 months from December 2011 to December 2012, claims made by on-hire workers fell by a total of -10% while non-labour hire decreased by -1%.
“This is an indication that worker safety has clearly and substantially improved over the past 10 years and is a great example of how the on-hire industry embraces positively the need for worker safety. The industry is actively working to achieve it,” said Denis Dadds from the Recruitment and Consulting Services Association (RCSA), the industry body for talent management and workforce solutions in Australia and New Zealand.