South Australia's independent supermarkets have the highest percentage of market share anywhere in Australia with hundreds of outlets employing thousands of people. In all, around 14,000 people, 13% of the state's retail workforce, work within the state's independently owned supermarkets.
Ensuring top-notch work health and safety practices are in place sees South Australia's Independent Retailers working with SafeWork SA to reduce the incidence of work-related injury.
Supermarket workers sustained around 400 serious injuries in South Australia from 2010 to 2012, with more than half related to muscular stress arising from handling, lifting, carrying or putting down objects.
SafeWork SA and the South Australian Independent Retailers are working together to develop easy-to-use work health and safety tools to support onsite self-assessment and management of hazards as well as encourage participation and contribution at industry workshops to reduce injury rates.
SafeWork SA is supporting the state's retailers with information addressing common hazards and incidents to help the sector best meet work health safety requirements and support sustainable business improvement.