Reminder on workplace safety when returning to work

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WorkSafe has issued a reminder to pay particular attention to safety when returning to work after the festive season.

WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today that people returning to work after the festive break needed to be especially mindful of workplace risks.

“Nine Western Australians have lost their lives in work-related incidents so far this financial year, and employers and workers should remain vigilant and aware of any potential risks,” Mr McCulloch said.

“Management and safety and health representatives should be conducting pre-start inspections of workplaces and worksites that have been closed down over the festive period to ensure risks are minimized.

“Unfortunately it’s all too common for workers to remain in “holiday mode” after the festive season, and a lack of proper attention to the task at hand – especially in the more hazardous areas - can have tragic consequences.

“I urge every employer and worker in WA to reacquaint themselves with the safe methods of work applicable to their workplaces and jobs before launching into a fresh year of work.

“In 2011/12, WA recorded 17 traumatic work-related deaths, with 19 in 2012/13.  There were 17 fatalities in 2013/14.

“In addition, every year around 18,000 Western Australians suffer an injury or illness serious enough to have to take time off work.

“It is particularly important to be vigilant at this time of year.  Nine work-related deaths is nine too many, and we all have the right to return home from work safe and healthy every day.”

Further information on workplace safety and health can be obtained by telephoning WorkSafe on 1300 307877 or on the WorkSafe website.

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

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Media release
12 Jan 2015

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