WorkSafe inspection program looks at safety in electrical, electronic and gas appliance retailers

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WorkSafe will conduct an inspection program to look at safety standards in electrical, electronic and gas appliance retailing for the remainder of the 2014/15 financial year.

The program will be conducted in both metropolitan and regional areas.

WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today this retail sector was being targeted because of the high level of injuries recorded.

“Statistics show that electrical, electronic and gas appliance retailing workers face some specific injury risks in the course of their work, particularly injuries incurred while performing manual tasks while handling, lifting, carrying or putting down objects,” Mr Attard said.

“They also risk injury from falls, both from height and from the same level, and being hit by falling objects.

“We need to ensure that employers have the information they require to make their workplaces safer, so inspectors will look closely at manual tasks and falls, and also look at storage racking and shelving, forklift safety, trolleys, ladders and pallet jacks and loading dock safety.”

Inspections will be conducted with the aid of a checklist to ensure consistency, and this checklist can be accessed on WorkSafe’s website so employers will know what will be expected if they are visited by an inspector.

Unions and employer associations in the electrical, electronic and gas appliance retailing sector have been contacted and informed of the inspection program.

“WorkSafe has an extensive schedule of proactive inspection programs concentrating on particular industries or activities or specific geographical areas aimed at raising awareness and providing information,” Mr Attard said.

“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:

 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
07 Jan 2015

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