Inspection program looks at lift safety
WorkSafe will conduct an inspection program to look at the safety standards of lifts in city buildings.
The program will continue throughout the remainder of the 2013/14 financial year, and will focus on lifts in non-residential buildings in Perth city.
WorkSafe Director John Innes said today that inspectors from the Plant Safety Team will be looking closely at a number of aspects of lift safety.
“Inspectors will be taking a close look at what safety measures are in place for lift technicians, as well as the safety of the lifts themselves,” Mr Innes said.
“With regard to the safety of lift technicians, inspectors will look at areas such as the prevention of falls from the top of lift cars and in between lift cars, the guarding of moving machinery parts, and lighting and access to lifts.
“Inspectors will check on records of maintenance for lifts, look for evidence of registration and check that plant registration numbers are stamped on the lifts.
“They will also look at whether fire extinguishers in lifts are correct and serviced, that first aid kits are provided for technicians and that technicians are adequately trained and their competencies being properly determined.
“The inspections will be undertaken with the aid of a checklist to ensure consistency across all workplaces.
“Stakeholders in the industry have been contacted about the inspections, so employers should be aware of what will be expected of them.
“WorkSafe has an extensive schedule of proactive inspection programs concentrating on particular industries or activities or specific geographical areas aimed at providing employers with information on how to make workplaces safer.
“We firmly believe that raising awareness with proactive programs is the best way in which to lessen the risk of work-related injury and illness, but inspectors will take enforcement action during the program if necessary.”
Further information on workplace safety and health can be obtained by telephoning WorkSafe on 1300 307877 or on the website at www.worksafe.wa.gov.au.
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