Safety message getting through to business and brokers

GIO Press Release

19 July 2012 

Safety message getting through to business and brokers

Awareness of the need to invest in a safe workplace is expanding as business owners and brokers are increasingly focused on protecting employees from harm.

The value of promoting their safety credentials is also being realised by employers as demonstrated by the surge of entries into the 2012 NSCA National Safety Awards of Excellence.

With the National Safety Council of Australia (NSCA) awards entering their 20th  year, the number of
nominations is more than double those of last year to a new record high.

“Workers are usually the largest single cost to a business and workers compensation can be the largest insurance cost,” says Mr Jason Allison, Executive Manager Workers Compensation Portfolio with Suncorp Commercial Insurance.

“Investing in the safety of employees is not simply a moral obligation for an employer, it also makes sound business sense.”

With business owners increasingly taking steps to engage in risk management, insurance brokers have a critical role ensuring that their clients get the right advice.

“GIO Workers Compensation works closely with brokers and customers to improve workplace safety and ensure that preventing accidents is a priority,” says Mr Allison.

“A timely and well-informed piece of advice from a broker or a GIO Risk Manager can save a business the considerable disruption and expense that often results when someone is injured on the job.

“It’s pleasing to see that investment in this area is growing amongst business owners, and that they’re promoting their progress in improving their safety culture.”

The 2012 National Safety Awards of Excellence presentation will be held on 11 October 2012. GIO Workers Compensation is the principal sponsor.

For further information contact:
Rob White
External Communications Manager
Commercial Insurance
Ph. 02 8121 0467
Mob. 0411 881 887

Jake Krausmann
Senior Communications Advisor
Commercial Insurance

Ph. 02 8121 0469
Mob. 0411 409 074

About Us:
GIO Workers Compensation is part of the Suncorp Group.  In NSW, GIO General Limited ABN 22 002861 583 (GIO)
operates as an agent for the NSW WorkCover Scheme. In Western Australia, Australian Capital Territory,
Tasmania and Northern Territory, Workers Compensation Insurance is issued by GIO. 

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