Inspection program looks at safety in pubs, taverns and bars

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WorkSafe is undertaking a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues in pubs, taverns and bars.

The inspection program will involve inspectors visiting pub, tavern and bar workplaces in Perth and regional areas of the State throughout the 2016/17 financial year.

WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today the significant number of lost-time injuries in the sector had prompted the inspection program.

“Currently the sector is averaging 131 lost-time injuries per year, with 99 of these keeping employees off work for five or more days,” Mr Attard said.

“Of these, an average of 27 injuries per year are classified as severe, keeping the injured worker away from work for 60 days or more.

“There are a high number of younger workers in this sector, and most of the injuries are sustained by workers in the 25-34 year old age group, followed by workers in the 20-24 year old age group.”

As part of this inspection program, inspectors will look at WorkSafe priority areas including forklift safety, electricity, falls from height, hazardous substances and machinery guarding.

They will also focus on more specific areas such as:

  • Slips, trips and falls from water, oil and foodstuff on floors;
  • Manual tasks – handling cartons of liquor and beer kegs and storage of bags of food;
  • Cuts from knives, cutlery and glass; and
  • Burns from oil, liquids and hot surfaces.

Other focus areas will include violence and aggression, beverage gas safety, safe use and movement of vehicles (through drive-throughs), exposure to communicable diseases for at-risk workers and first aid for burn injuries.

“The primary objective of our proactive inspection programs 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,” Mr Attard said.

”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 on workplace safety and health and the checklist for this inspection program 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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WorkSafe
Media release
07 Jul 2016

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