Inspection program looks at plant and mobile plant movement

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WorkSafe is undertaking a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues relating to mobile plant and the movement of mobile plant in retail and transport workplaces.

The inspection program will involve inspectors visiting retail and transport workplaces in Perth and regional areas of the State throughout the 2016/17 financial year.

WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today the program was prompted by inspectors’ observations during previous inspection programs that looked at mobile plant in other industries.

“Previous similar programs resulted in the issue of a high number of improvement and prohibition notices, so the decision was made to expand our attention on mobile plant into workplaces in further areas,” Mr Attard said.

“An earlier program, conducted during the 2014/15 financial year and focusing on motor vehicle repair workplaces, saw the issue of more than 1300 improvement and prohibition notices, a large number relating to vehicle hoists and traffic management.

“WorkSafe also issued a media release in September last year reminding employers to ensure safe systems of work were in place after a number of serious and fatal incidents involving vehicles and people in the preceding months.

“We’re particularly concerned about spaces in which pedestrians and vehicles interact, where strict rules need to be in place to ensure the work environment is kept as safe as possible.”

The inspection program will look at areas such as machinery guarding, safe movement of vehicles, forklifts, trolleys, storage racking and shelving, order picking vehicles, loading docks safety, vehicle hoists and isolation procedures.

Inspectors will also look at WorkSafe priority areas including manual tasks, falls from height, hazardous substances and slips, trips and falls.

“This program is part of a continuing series of proactive inspection programs looking at safety issues in a wide range of industries, activities and geographical locations,” Mr Attard said.

“The primary objective is to help employers identify risks to the safety and health of workers and provide them with information on how to comply with workplace safety laws.

”The inspectors will work with the aid of a checklist to ensure consistency, and if they come across breaches of the workplace safety laws, they will take enforcement action.

“Employer associations have been notified of the inspection program, so we anticipate that employers will be aware of what will be required if an inspector visits.

“We firmly believe that raising awareness with proactive inspection programs is the best way in which to lessen the risk of work-related injury and illness.”

Further information

Media contact: Caroline De Vaney 6251 2363 or 0408 927563 (media enquiries only)

caroline.devaney@commerce.wa.gov.au

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WorkSafe
Media release
28 Jun 2016

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