A total of 75 improvement notices were issued by WorkSafe inspectors to Swan Hill businesses during the ‘Safe Towns’ inspection held last week.
Inspectors visited 60 workplaces between September 17-21 to check on health and safety compliance. WorkSafe Return to Work inspectors were also there to ensure businesses with workers’ compensation claims were meeting their obligations.
Improvement notices which required businesses to settle health and safety issues within a set timeframe were issued for matters involving forklift traffic management, storage and racking, personal protective equipment and handling and storage of dangerous goods.
Another 19 health and safety and 12 return to work breaches were dealt with on the spot.
WorkSafe Regional Director, Adam Rogers, said despite the issues identified during the inspection, there were some who met all of their health and safety obligations.
“We had a significant number of businesses in this blitz who did not receive any notices at all – it’s great to see businesses making health and safety a priority in their workplace,” said Mr Rogers.
“Businesses are often so busy with their day-to-day operations; they welcome the opportunity to meet with WorkSafe inspectors.
“It is far more beneficial for everyone if employers and workers take the time to look for and fix safety issues as soon as they’re identified.”
He also said it was necessary for businesses to be positive about safety and not to be complacent about risks at work.
“No one wants to be responsible for an incident in their workplace, so the blitz serves as a good reminder to make workplace safety a top priority,” he said.”