Friday 08 March 2013

129 breaches found in Warrnambool blitz

Warrnambool businesses have been put on notice to address safety failings after a one-week blitz found almost 130 breaches.

WorkSafe inspectors visited 105 workplaces last week and issued 127 improvement notices requiring businesses to improve their safety practices. Return to work inspectors also issued two notices relating to insufficient RTW planning for injured workers.

The improvement notices related to a number of matters including equipment maintenance, unsafe work platforms, storing of dangerous goods and guarding. Another 27 breaches were able to be fixed on the spot by employers.

WorkSafe Chief Executive Denise Cosgrove said businesses were pleased with the visits and took it as an opportunity to review their safety practices.

“We let businesses know in advance we were coming at an information session, which was well attended, and news of the campaign spread across town very quickly,” she said.

“A number of businesses welcomed the visits and saw it as an opportunity to discuss how they’re going with OH&S matters.

“It was disappointing a high number of notices were issued but businesses are now in a far better position to address and improve health and safety matters.

“More can always be done to make workplaces safer and to prevent injuries from happening. We urge businesses to continue reviewing practices, identifying hazards, assessing risks and fixing problems.”

Over the past five financial years, about 1170 workplace injuries have been reported to WorkSafe from businesses based in the Warrnambool region.

Wages, treatment and rehabilitation costs for these workers - paid for through their employer’s workplace injury insurance – exceeded $24 million.

Further Information

WorkSafe media enquiries: Rosanna Bonaccurso: 0478 305 640, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Peter Flaherty: 0478 881 663, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Public enquiries: Call the WorkSafe Advisory Service on 1800 136 089 between 8:30am and 5pm Monday to Friday, email or write to Advisory Service, PO Box 4306, Melbourne, 3001.