WorkSafe inspectors issued 80 safety improvement notices during the Safer Work Zones campaign which ended in Reservoir’s industrial area.
Two weeks of inspections at 82 businesses identified a range of safety issues including unguarded machines, forklifts without seatbelts, unsafe storage racking and vehicle hoists requiring servicing.
Several businesses received three notices and many received none.
WorkSafe’s Ross Pilkington said inspectors would return to Reservoir to follow up on the notices over the next month or so. Further visits at other businesses are likely then.
“You don’t have to wait until someone is hurt to make safety improvements.”
“Many Reservoir businesses had taken steps to improve their safety performance. The next step is to keep that work going by ensuring employers and employees discuss known and potential hazards, developing improvement plans and putting them into effect.”
“Those plans need to be continually monitored and updated. They are of no use if they left on a shelf,” Pilkington said.
Between July 2001 and June 2006, there were 1163 workplace injury claims reported from workplaces in Reservoir, costing more than $20.5m in treatment, rehabilitation and compensation costs.
In the City of Darebin over the same period there were nearly 4,000 reported injuries with treatment, rehabilitation and compensation costs of nearly $62.4m