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Gold Coast safety workshop to focus on reducing workplace sprains and strains

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is offering a free full-day workshop on the Gold Coast next week focusing on how to reduce work-related sprains and strains in the manufacturing industry and improve businesses’ bottom line.

WHSQ Executive Director Dr Simon Blackwood said the manufacturing industry had the highest non-fatal rate of workers’ compensation claims of all industries.

“Fifty-five per cent of those claims relate to musculoskeletal injuries,” Dr Blackwood said.

“These workshops aim to give participants an insight into how to prevent musculoskeletal injuries and manage the risk of manual tasks.”

Dr Blackwood said the workshop will be presented by experts from WHSQ and the Queensland Manufacturing Institute, which will lead a session on the health and safety benefits of implementing ‘lean productivity’ principles.

“The workshops are aimed at decision-makers in the manufacturing process and those working in a health and safety role, including managers, safety managers, supervisors and workplace health and safety officers and representatives,” he said.

“These workshops are in response to industry feedback regarding the need for managers and other key decision-makers to have a better understanding and commitment to managing manual tasks.

“They will provide participants with an update on manual task issues in the industry, while opening up networking opportunities with industry peers.”

The workshop will be held from 9 am to 3.30 pm on Tuesday, 13 July 2010 at the Southport Australian Football Club, corner of Musgrave and Olsen Avenues, Southport.For more information or to register visit

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20 July 2010
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5 November 2015
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