Workplaces Reminded To Make Safety A Priority In The Lead-up To Christmas

WorkSafe WA is reminding all businesses to make workers’ safety a top priority in the lead-up to Christmas.

“As we head towards the end of the year and the festive season, it is timely to remind both employers and workers of the need to remain vigilant where workplace safety is concerned,” said WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch.

“Five Western Australian workers have died so far this financial year as a result of work-related incidents, and even one death is too many.

“Two of the five deaths took place in waste recycling workplaces, one at a mine site, one at a construction site and the latest in the forestry industry, illustrating that serious incidents really can happen in any industry, especially where safe systems of work are not in place or if these systems are ignored.

While the build-up to Christmas is a busy period for businesses and workers, WorkSafe said safety should not be sacrificed.

“Trying to get things done quickly can result in a lack of attention to detail, and one moment of inattention can easily lead to tragedy, with the impact being felt throughout the workplace, family, friends and the community,” said Mr. McCulloch.

“Similarly, it’s all too common for workers to remain in “holiday mode” after the festive season, so I appeal to everyone to make safety the top priority across the festive season.”

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