WorkSafe spreads safety word in Kimberley

WorkSafe said one of the inspectors will visit construction workplaces in the area, looking at issues such as falls from height, safety awareness training and electricity. Agency inspectors will focus on education, rather than enforcement, and the results are not to be reported back to WorkSafe, it said today. The other two inspectors will be visit farms in the area. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Nina Lyhne said businesses in the Kimberley had been contacted and should be aware of the areas that will be looked at. “The inspections will be conducted with the aid of a checklist to ensure a consistent approach, and farmers have been given the opportunity to look at the checklist and ensure that any safety issues are rectified,” Lyhne said. WorkSafe said the inspectors will also encourage employers to participate in the ThinkSafe small business assistance program, which offers a free and confidential consultation that identifies potential safety and health issues. Consultants for the program are scheduled to visit the Kimberley region during April, and WorkSafe said it encourages small business employers in the region to complete an application form on WorkSafe’s website or call the ThinkSafe team on 08 9327 8777.

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