Wednesday, October 12 2011
Safe Work Australia Week puts tradie safety in the spotlight
Tradie businesses across Australia are encouraged to take part in Safe Work Australia Week which runs from October 23 to 26.
Thousands of organisations will take part, thrusting safe practices into the spotlight in an effort to reduce death, injury and disease in the workplace.
Trade employees can take part by becoming a safety ambassador for their business, using Safe Work Australia's guidelines to promote care, consideration and thoughtful strategies.
Tom Phillips, chair of Safe Work Australia says: "Workplace safety is an issue that impacts on thousands of Australians every year. More than 134,000 Australians are seriously injured at work each year and more than 220 die as a result of work-related injuries."
Trade businesses find themselves exposed to a number of risks unique to their industry every day.
Common threats can take the form of heavy machinery, tools and materials - if proper training and danger awareness are not promoted.
Builders, plumbers and landscapers may do well to join the initiative and use the time to re-evaluate their current procedures and possibly think about updating them if necessary.
By taking a considered approach to the health of workers, businesses in the sector can do their part to reduce harm and keep their operation in good health.