Tuesday 19 November 2013

Inspectors focus on Wodonga

Businesses in the Wodonga region will receive a visit from teams of WorkSafe inspectors next week.

The teams, which will be made up of health and safety inspectors, as well as inspectors who specialise in return to work issues, will begin their five-day visit on Monday as part of WorkSafe’s Safe Towns campaign.

The visit aims to work with businesses, educate them about health and safety matters and ensure they are meeting their health and safety obligations.

WorkSafe Regional Director, Shane Gillard, said an employer breakfast hosted by WorkSafe last week was a great success, providing Wodonga businesses with valuable information on how to prepare for the visits.

“We wanted to offer local businesses advice on how to conduct safety checks and fix potential problems before inspectors arrive,” he said.

“Fatalities and injuries can happen in any industry, so we want to collaborate with businesses in making workplace safety a priority, regardless of what kind of work they are involved in.”

Mr Gillard said the week-long campaign would help Wodonga businesses achieve safer workplaces by increasing awareness around safety.

“Whether it’s eliminating that slip/trip hazard, ordering more personal protective equipment or improving a system of work, these actions can potentially save lives and prevent injuries,” Mr Gillard said.

According to WorkSafe statistics, there have been more than 1340 injuries in the Wodonga region over the past five years, which have cost more than $28 million in treatment, income support and rehabilitation costs.

More than half of all the reported injuries during this period involved musculoskeletal injuries such as sprains, strains, fractures and dislocations.

Information on preventing workplace injuries and workers compensation matters can be found at www.worksafe.vic.gov.au or by calling WorkSafe’s advisory service on 1800 136 089.

Further Information

WorkSafe media enquiries: Zho-E Low: 03 9641 1457, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Sophie Torrens: 03 9641 1809, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Public enquiries: Call the WorkSafe Advisory Service on 1800 136 089 between 8:30am and 5pm Monday to Friday, email info@worksafe.vic.gov.au or write to Advisory Service, PO Box 4306, Melbourne, 3001.