Speak Up Save Lives app marks milestone of 10,000 reports

Thursday, 30 June, 2022

Speak Up Save Lives app marks milestone of 10,000 reports

The NSW Government’s Speak Up Save Lives app has marked more than 10,000 reports on workplace safety and compliance made through mobile devices since its launch. The app is an innovative tool that allows people to anonymously report unsafe work practices in any workplace and industry, including by sending a photo directly to SafeWork NSW. Minister for Fair Trading Eleni Petinos said the milestone for the app shows employers and workers are becoming more confident in reporting unsafe work situations anonymously.

Petinos said the SafeWork NSW received 300 reports in April, with inspectors issuing 50 improvement notices, 18 prohibition notices and four penalty notices. The most common hazards reported were those concerning physical work environments, working at heights and biological hazards. Construction sites were the most reported workplaces, and of the 50 improvement notices issued in April, 38 of them were issued to construction sites.

“10,000 reports is a fantastic achievement and means the app is working to stop unsafe work behaviour in its tracks, as it ensures targeted intervention to where it’s needed most. I’m pleased to see NSW workers playing their part in protecting themselves and their workmates. The Speak Up app ensures we are building a brighter future for all NSW workers, and I urge anyone who sees anything risky or unsafe at work to please report it,” Petinos said.

Businesses are still required to report all notifiable incidents, including death, serious injury or illness, or a dangerous incident, by calling 13 10 50 immediately. More information about the Speak Up Save Lives app is available here.

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