TRADERS FINED FOR FLOUTING WORKPLACE SAFETY

Posted Tue 14 Jun 2011, 11:45am AEST

WorkSafe says it is concerned at continual breaches of workplace safety regulations.
Six inspectors conducted 57 examinations of Bunbury manufacturing businesses in March and April.
They found many employers had not had previous contact with the safety watchdog and some had not even heard of the organisation.
They issued 231 improvement notices and two prohibition notices.
WorkSafe commissioner Lex McCulloch says there are three main areas for concern.

“The first relates to hazardous substances and the labelling and the training of staff in relation to the hazards associated with them,” he said.
“The second relates to guarding on machinery. It’s one of the simplest things to fix, to put a guard on a machine to make sure that someone can’t get caught in it and the third thing is the safe use of forklifts.”

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