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WorkSafe announces 2008-09 safety program

WorkSafe has announced a comprehensive program of intervention activities to take place over the next 12 months.

The industries, suburbs and regional areas to receive added attention in the next year demonstrate WorkSafe’s transparent approach to compliance and allows everyone to take the necessary steps to prevent injuries.

WorkSafe has a wide range of services and publications to help businesses and workers understand their safety obligations, WorkSafe’s Executive Director John Merritt says.

The free, three-hour safety consultancy for small and medium businesses provides an independent contractor who will offer advice on how individual workplaces can be made safer, WorkSafe’s publications, and industry Hotspots which identify the main causes of injury in specific occupations

The identified industries have been determined as being in need of improvement based on workers compensation claims (list attached) and reported incidents.

“Even in tough times, going to the trouble to look for potential hazards, consulting and undertaking improvement activity will get results,” Merritt, says.

“Taking shortcuts or putting-off essential work plays with lives and commercial viability.”

WorkSafe’s inspection strategy for the next year will use advice and assistance, as well as Improvement and Prohibition Notices, as primary enforcement tools.

“In cases of intransigence or when there are clear failings associated with someone being hurt or even killed, prosecution is possible,” Merritt says.

“Most employers believe WorkSafe should adopt a stronger stance toward those who breach OHS laws, because poor performance undermines those who are doing their best.

“The commercial and legal consequences of prosecution mean that even a modest fine of $20,000 can have an enormous impact on a business.”

“It can be avoided by not cutting corners and by taking an active role in ensuring everyone gets home safely at the end of the day.”

Related Information 2008/09 Planned WorkSafe Intervention Activities

Targeted industries and regions

  • Agriculture
  • Moulded & fabricated metals
  • Emergency services and prisons
  • Food and beverage
  • Road freight transport
  • Chemical storage
  • Vehicle & parts manufacture
  • Welfare services
  • Wood products manufacturing

Melbourne Metropolitan Area:

  • Mordialloc 28 July to 21 August
  • Thomastown 18 to 22 August (re-visit)
  • Airport West 8 to 12 September
  • Ringwood and Croydon 6 to 10 October
  • Werribee 10 to 14 November
  • Campbellfield 9 to 13 February
  • Frankston and Cranbourne 20 to 24 April
  • Scoresby 11 to 15 May

Provincial Victoria:

  • Swifts Creek, Omeo and Ensay 4 to 6 August
  • Walpeup and Underbool 18 to 20 August
  • Shepparton 16 to 18 September
  • Swan Hill and Kerang 24 to 28 November
  • Geelong – Big City Plaza 24 to 28 November
  • Hamilton (re-visit) 9 to 15 November
  • Ararat 23 to 27 February Maryborough 23 to 27 March

For Further Information: 1800-136-089 between 8:30am and 5pm Monday to Friday, email info@workcover.vic.gov.au or write to Advisory Service, PO Box 4306, Melbourne, 3001.

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