The amount of compensation employers in Australia are paying out to workers in skin cancer claims has doubled in less than a decade.

Workers are eligible for compensation for sun related injury or disease because employers have a duty of care to protect employees from the sun and it’s ultraviolet rays.

More than a third of Australian workers are exposed to direct sunlight whilst at work and figures show that over 34,000 skin cancers develop in Australia each year because of employees exposure to the sun. Around 200 of those are the most deadly form of skin cancer, melanoma.

Australia has the highest number of skin cancer cases each year and experts argue that this highlights the need for more investment in skin cancer prevention.

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