Apollo bay businesses and workers have a little over a month to review their safety practices ahead of a WorkSafe safety campaign from 19-23 February.
Ten inspectors will be based in Apollo bay and expect to visit around 100 businesses.
It is an opportunity for workers and employers to join forces to look at the known and potential hazards in their workplace and to put them right.
WorkSafe’s role is to help employers and workers understand their legal responsibilities and provide guidance on how they can do that.
Ensuring high safety standards is an investment in the business and staff and is a way to avoid the many legal, commercial and reputation costs that come with safety incidents.
Taking shortcuts with safety is like setting a trap. There is a high risk that someone will be killed or hurt.
For survivors this often means the loss of someone’s capacity to enjoy life and robs them and their family of opportunities. For the friends and family of those killed the impact lasts a lifetime.
Failing to ensure proper training, not having their right equipment for the job, ignoring the need to think about manual handling risks or having no, or inadequate, guarding on machines are common causes of workplace injuries.
Experience tells us most deaths and injuries are preventable. They are not accidents, because the factors that cause them are known.
Three work-related deaths in Victoria have already been reported to WorkSafe this year along with many serious injuries. One was reported in Apollo bay last year.
More than 230 injuries were reported to WorkSafe from the Surf Coast Shire over the past five years with treatment, rehabilitation and compensation costs. Funding for this is through WorkCover premiums paid by employers.