WorkCover figures for factory accidents in Queensland found that the metals, plastics and meat sub-sectors were most highly represented.
The WorkCover report, according to the Brisbane Times, found that 18,000 factory workers were reported injured on the job in the state for the 2011-12 financial year, followed by 12,000 claims made by construction workers.
"When a safety representative is elected by the workforce we seem to get better results and better safety,” Webb told the Times.
"We do see a lot of employers appoint middle managers as safety representatives and we believe that raises a conflict of interest, because they're there to manage the plant but also keep productivity up."Unfortunately employers say safety is paramount, but they're quite quick to cut a corner if it means upping production,"