WorkSafe inspectors will return to Colac in January to follow up on improvement notices issued during last week’s successful Safe Towns project.
WorkSafe inspectors visited 127 businesses during the week-long campaign and issued 83 improvement notices, a little less than most other areas visited through the Safe Towns program which has run for four years.
Another 10 businesses were visited by WorkSafe’s return-to-work inspectors who ensure workers who’ve been hurt at work get appropriate support when they return.
Geelong-based inspector Frances Hamblin said the safety issues identified ranged from inadequate fire protection to dangerous forklifts and storage racks.
“The issues identified in Colac were the same as those found everywhere Safe Towns is run. They’re things that can be easily fixed and reinforce our view that taking simple steps prevent injury.”
The WorkSafe team was well-received by the people of Colac during the week-long project.
“People knew we were coming and they had a good understanding of what they needed to do. It was a good result and put the places we visited in a good position for the future.”
“People are sometimes concerned about a visit from a WorkSafe inspector, but what they should really be concerned about is what happens if someone is hurt or killed.
“Doing all you can to prevent injury makes a difference. It protects people and the business,” Ms Hamblin said.
WorkSafe’s Executive Director John Merritt safety risks are elevated in the lead up to Christmas and in January when many people return from a holiday break.
“At this time of year safety risks are increased as many people begin focusing on things other than the job at hand. Despite this, safety must remain a high priority.”
“Excuses like ‘there isn’t time’, ‘we’ll take the short cut just this once’ or ‘we’ve always done it this way’, are no use after someone is hurt.
“More than anywhere, the consequences are felt instantly in regional communities.
“You have to know it will be safe, not simply assume it will be.”