Learn about working safely at M'boro information session

WORKERS and business owners will be able to pick up tips on working safely, saving lives and avoiding injury as part of 2013 Safe Work Month, under way across Queensland.

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland head Simon Blackwood said information sessions were perfect for anyone responsible for workplace safety in the region - employers, owners, managers and health and safety advisors.

"Each session will include an overview of safety priorities unique to that region, what an inspector actually looks for during a workplace visit, how to prevent injury and how to establish good return to work practices," he said.

"There will be case studies, presentations on topics relevant to the region and information on the benefits of joining local safety networks or the Zero Harm at Work Leadership Program."

An information session will be held at Maryborough's Carriers Arms Hotel from 9.30-11.30am on October 22.

Dr Blackwood said the central Queensland and Wide Bay region accounted for 11 % of all serious injuries in Queensland, but more than a quarter of serious injuries in the rural sector.

He said strong labour force growth of 21%  by 2019-20, up from 340,127 in 2011-12 to 412,636 in 2019-20 was also expected.

"This growth and the fact that the construction and mining sectors - which tend to have higher injury rates too - are also big employers in the region, means work safety is especially important," Dr Blackwood said.

"In 2011-12 there were nine notifiable fatalities to Safe Work Australia in the central Queensland and Wide Bay region, with three deaths in rural industry and two in construction."

He said anyone who could not make it to the information event could still do their bit for work safety by holding one at their own workplace - with tips and resources from www.worksafe.qld.gov.au.

For more information or to register for the safe work session, visit the website or phone the Workplace Health and Safety Infoline on 1300 369 915.