Inspectors from WorkSafe Victoria are visiting retail clothing stores in Victoria to make sure that safety in the workplace is a priority in the lead up to Christmas and in New Year sales.
They will be looking at issues such as unsuitable ladder use, poor housekeeping and a lack of safety training with new employees over the next two months.
Lisa Sturzenegger the WorkSafe Health and Safety Operations General Manager said that the visits were to remind employers of their legal requirements in providing and maintaining a safe place for employees to work in.
She said that it is currently a very busy time for clothing retailers who are under additional pressure to meet the demands of customers and sometimes safety loses priority. This is combined with young people commencing work for the first time, which increases the risk for injury.
Ms Sturzenegger said that 53 percent of manual handling injuries in retails stores are from handling items such as boxes and cartons and 21 percent of slips, trips and falls are from the use of ladders.
She said that injuries are easy to avoid when simple and cost effective rules are in place such as keeping stores free of clutter with safe stock management processes.
For more information on retail safety www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/retail.