Reminder to remain vigilant when returning to work

WorkSafe has issued a reminder to all workplaces to keep safety a high priority when returning to work after the festive season.

WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today that there had been nine work-related fatalities in WA so far this financial year, and employers and workers should guard against complacency.

"People returning to work after the festive break need to be especially mindful of workplace risks, and I appeal to everyone in the workforce to remain vigilant and aware of any potential risks," Mr McCulloch said.

"It is unfortunately quite common for workers to remain in "holiday mode" after the festive season, and lack of proper attention to the task at hand – especially in the more hazardous areas - has been known to have tragic results.

"I urge every employer and worker in WA to reacquaint themselves with the safe methods of work applicable to their jobs before launching into a fresh year of work.

"In 2009/10, WA recorded nine traumatic work-related deaths, with 21 in 2010/11.  There were 17 fatalities in 2011/12.

"In addition, every year around 17,000 Western Australians suffer an injury or illness serious enough to have to take time off work.

"It is particularly important to be vigilant at this time of year.  Nine work-related deaths is nine too many, and we all have the right to return home from work safe and healthy every day."

Further information on workplace safety and health can be obtained by telephoning WorkSafe on 1300 307877 or on the website at

Media contact:  Caroline De Vaney 9327 8744 or 0408 927563 (media enquiries only).
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Media release
09 Jan 2013

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