Injury preventer goes west

QUEENSLAND-based injury prevention company Kinnect has set up base in Perth.
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Lauren Barrett

Kinnect founding director Kevin Conlon said the move was in response to a growing number of people set to be employed in the states resources sector, with an estimated 33,000 people likely to be required by the end of the year.

"This talent take-up in mining particularly is increasingly having to be filled with less experienced people, such is the demand dynamics of the sector - even to a point overseas workers are being imported to fill Western Australia's skill gap," he said.

"This gap in personnel heightens the workplace risk from injury as lesser trained or experienced personnel are being rushed into not just complex mining operations but all of the associated off-site support services."

Conlon said that because mining operations operated around the clock, the level of risk management was increased.

Kinnect said employers could ease injury risk by making job offers more quickly to secure job applicants before they got lost to other resource projects.

In addition, mine operators should also use experienced contractors to fill staffing gaps in the instance of being unable to secure permanent people.

"This hiring attitude then needs to be backed up by proactive workplace prevention and injury management programs designed to return injured workers to as close as practically possible to their pre-injury level of function both within and outside the workplace," Conlon added.

Kinnect's WA operations will be headed by WA director Rebecca Morton-Stephens.

Morton-Stephens said there was an increased need for workplace injury prevention and injury support because of the size of the WA resources sector and the growth tipped for the sector.

She said a higher level of safety awareness towards workplace injury management and prevention would also benefit insurers and employers trying to reduce cost of workplace injury or illness.