WorkSafe targeting regions identified as unsafe

Friday, 11 July, 2008

WorkSafe Victoria has announced a program of intervention activities over the coming 12 months that will focus on a compiled list of metropolitan and regional areas identified as being in need of OHS improvement, based on workers compensation claims.

WorkSafe executive director John Merritt said while workplace death rates were dropping, the number of workplace injuries remains at almost 30,000 each year.

He said WorkSafe would continue to provide extensive support and encouragement to businesses, while those choosing to ignore their legal obligations needed to consider the potential consequences.

“Even in tough times, going to the trouble to look for potential hazards, consulting and undertaking improvement activity will get results.

"Taking shortcuts or putting off essential work plays with lives and commercial viability.”

WorkSafe’s inspection strategy for the next year will use advice and assistance, as well as Improvement and Prohibition Notices, as primary enforcement tools.

“Most employers believe WorkSafe should adopt a stronger stance toward those who breach OHS laws, because poor performance undermines those who are doing their best,” he said.

“The commercial and legal consequences of prosecution mean that even a modest fine of $20,000 can have an enormous impact on a business.

“It can be avoided by not cutting corners and by taking an active role in ensuring everyone gets home safely at the end of the day.”

For a list of targeted areas, visit the WorkSafe Victoria website.


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