Inspection program reveals concerns with vehicle hoists and traffic management

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An inspection program looking at safety issues in the motor vehicle repair sector has resulted in serious concerns with motor vehicle hoists and traffic management.

The proactive inspection program, carried out by WorkSafe inspectors across the State during the 2014/15 financial year, focused on motor vehicle repair premises and repair workshops at car retail premises and resulted in the issue of more than 1300 notices.

WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today that motor vehicle repairs had been identified as an industry with a high rate of work-related injuries.

“This inspection program was prompted by the high number of soft tissue and muscle injuries in the industry, and also by two work-related deaths in 2013 involving a hoist and traffic management,” Mr Attard said.

“WorkSafe inspectors from the Transport Team paid particular attention to motor vehicle hoists and the safe movement of vehicles at these workplaces.

“Inspectors visited 174 workplaces and issued 1294 improvement notices and 12 prohibition notices, a large number of notices and a real cause for concern.

“A total of 264 notices were issued for breaches involving vehicle hoists, with 148 of these relating to pre-start checks, inspections and servicing records for hoists.

“The maintenance of hoists is a serious issue, with poorly maintained hoists posing the risk of collapse while they are supporting a vehicle with a worker or workers underneath.

“Another 83 notices were issued for breaches involving traffic management, including a lack of personal protective equipment, poor mobile plant maintenance and inadequate information, instruction and training.

“Inspectors also issued 335 notices for issues relating to hazardous substances in these workplaces, covering problems with registers, training, labelling and risk assessment.

“The number of notices issued during this inspection program has led to a decision to conduct another similar inspection program in the coming financial year to ensure that motor vehicle repair businesses improve their compliance with the legislation.

“The primary aim of the program was to provide employers with information on how to make their workplaces safer, but we now intend to maintain contact with the industry and closely monitor its compliance levels.”

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Media release
08 Jun 2015

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