WorkSafe is pleading with employers and workers to take a step back and focus on safety as Victoria enters a traditionally dangerous time of year.
According to WorkSafe statistics, more Victorian workers die in the weeks leading up to Christmas than at any other time of year. Over the past decade, almost 25% of all workplace fatalities occurred in November and December.
Marnie Williams, WorkSafe executive director - health and safety, says there are a number of reasons why this period is a dangerous time of year for workers.
"With Christmas just around the corner, we know many employers and employees are rushing to meet deadlines and complete projects.
"We also know that many people are eagerly looking forward to their upcoming holidays and Christmas celebrations, so maybe they are getting distracted from the tasks at hand.
"That is why it is so important for everyone to put safety first, to take care and stay safe at work."