Workplaces reminded to remain vigilant in lead-up to festive season

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WorkSafe has issued a reminder to all workplaces to keep safety a high priority in the lead-up to the festive season.

WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today that November had been a particularly bad month in terms of work-related deaths.

“Five workers died over a period of ten days in work-related incidents this month,” Mr McCulloch said.

“As we head towards the end of the year and the festive season, it is timely to remind both employers and workers of the need to be vigilant where workplace safety is concerned.

“It’s a major cause for concern that ten of the 15 deaths confirmed as work-related so far this financial year have involved either being hit by falling or moving objects or being trapped by moving machinery or equipment.

“WorkSafe has issued several reminders this year stressing the importance of having safe systems of work in place where vehicles and pedestrians are present, and warnings are often issued on the vital importance of guarding the moving parts of machinery.

“Four of this year’s work-related deaths were in the Agriculture sector, and at this particularly busy time of year when the harvest is in full swing, I appeal to everyone involved in farming to take adequate rest breaks and be sure to strictly observe safety measures.

“Both employers and workers can feel pressured to complete projects or tasks before taking a break for the festive season, but safe work practices should not be sacrificed in the process.

“It is way too early to know if a lack of vigilance played a part in any of the recent deaths, however it’s important to get the safety message into workplaces at this time of year.

“Trying to get things done quickly can result in a lack of attention to detail, and one moment of inattention can easily lead to tragedy, with the impact being felt throughout the workplace, family and friends and the community.”

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.

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

caroline.devaney@commerce.wa.gov.au

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30 Nov 2015

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