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WorkSafe inspectors will visit pubs, taverns and bars across Perth and regional Western Australia (WA) looking for anything but a drink in the 2016/17 financial year.

WorkSafe statistics for this industry sector indicate that an average of 131 lost-time injuries are recorded annually, with 99 requiring workers to be off work for five or more days. Of these, 27 require workers to be off work for 60 days or more. Workers aged 25-34 sustain the most injuries in this sector, followed by workers aged 20-24.

Inspectors will be on the look out for a number of potential risks during their visits to WA watering holes, including: forklifts; electricity; falls from height; hazardous substances; machinery guarding; slips, trips and falls; manual handling; cuts; burns; violence and aggression; beverage gas; safe movement of vehicles through drive-throughs; communicable diseases; and first aid for burn injuries.

For more details, visit the inspection campaign.

Workplace inspectors from New South Wales and Victoria are visiting construction sites in Murray River border towns this week.

Construction sites from Cobram and Barooga to Corowa are in the inspectors’ sights, said the safety regulators WorkSafe Victoria and WorkCover NSW in a joint media release.

Inspectors are checking to ensure builders and subcontractors are managing high-risk construction work, complying with safe work method statements (SWMSs) and preventing falls down stair voids.

“Inspectors will also want to see builders effectively managing site safety, including having public protection in place and ensuring housekeeping practices are adequate,” said both regulators.

Laurence Richey, WorkCover NSW Assistant Director, Regional and Response Operations, said in the media release that proper planning and risk assessments can help to avoid most health and safety issues on construction sites. Worker consultation on safety is also critical, he added.

“Taking short cuts with safety on construction sites is not an option,” WorkSafe Regional Operations Manager Brooke Grey said in the media release.

“All too often after a serious injury, inspectors hear ‘but it was only a five-minute job’. Short cuts can end in tragedy with a cost far more valuable than time or money.”

For more details, visit WorkSafe and WorkCover NSW

Published on 27 August 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter – available free every fortnight direct to your email.  Subscribe online today.

Labour-hire practices will be the target of a safety inspection program in Western Australia (WA) until June.

“Unfortunately, a number of serious injuries and some deaths have occurred over recent years involving workers employed under labour hire arrangements,” WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said.

“There is a pressing need for both host employers and labour hire agents to be very clear on their responsibilities regarding the safety and health of labour hire workers, in particular their training and supervision.”

Work health and safety inspectors will be visiting employers and labour-hire agencies in all industries and regions.

They will be looking at a range of factors, including the training and supervision of labour hire workers, hazard identification, risk assessment, risk control and consultation with labour hire workers and the labour hire agent.

For more details, visit WorkSafe in Western Australia.

Published on 30 January 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.


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