Inspection program finds continuing problems with vehicle hoists

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A second WorkSafe proactive inspection program looking at safety issues in workplaces with vehicle hoists has resulted in continuing concerns.

WorkSafe conducted an initial inspection program over the 2014/15 financial year, prompted by a high number of soft tissue and muscle injuries and two work-related deaths in the motor vehicle repair industry in 2013.

That program resulted in the issue of more than 1300 notices and revealed serious concerns with hoists and traffic management, so a further inspection program was conducted in metropolitan and regional areas over the 2015/16 financial year.

This program expanded the reach of the workplaces visited, taking in businesses such as tyre sales and repair shops, vehicle body wrecking yards and other workplaces that contain motor vehicle hoists.

WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today the latest inspection program found that the issues identified in the first program were still present.

“Inspectors visited a total of 325 workplaces and issued 2180 improvement notices and 18 prohibition notices,” Mr Attard said.

“Of these, 472 notices were for breaches involving vehicle hoists.  A total of 234 of these notices were for pre-start, inspections and servicing records, so maintenance remains a major concern.

“Workplace safety laws require that risk assessments be carried out to determine what risks are associated with the hazards identified in workplaces.

“These risks must then be addressed, and where hoists are concerned, addressing the risks includes making sure they are checked often and adequately maintained.

“The next largest number of notices issued – 457 - related to hazardous substances in the workplaces visited, mainly for the absence of hazardous substances registers and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs), and for training in the use of these substances.”

Large numbers of notices were also issued relating to emergency precautions (322 notices), particularly relating to evacuation procedures, and electricity (212 notices), particularly relating to the maintenance of switchboards and power points.

“Traffic management in this type of workplace continues to be a concern, but this issue attracted a relatively small number of notices during this inspection program,” Mr Attard said.

“We hope this is an indication that the message is getting through on traffic management, but it remains an area to which we intend to continue paying close attention.

“The primary objective of these proactive inspection programs is to provide employers with the information they need to ensure their workplaces remain safe, and we believe this is the best way in which to reduce injuries and deaths in WA workplaces.”

Further information

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Media release
15 Aug 2016

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