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40 New Inspectors for Workplace Safety

Jun 23rd 2021

40 New Inspectors for Workplace Safety

NT WorkSafe inspectors prepare for 2021 show season. 

As the 2021 show circuit season approaches, NT WorkSafe inspectors from the Safety Assurance and Regulatory Compliance teams will be starting a month-long campaign to engage with engineers and ride operators to advise proactively, monitor, inspect and, where necessary direct compliance.

Starting in Alice Springs, the show circuit is one of the Northern Territories main mid-year events, with many families looking forward to its return after last year's cancellation due to COVID-19.

NT WorkSafe Inspectors will be auditing amusement ride logbooks to ensure they have had appropriate maintenance work as required by work health and safety laws, and an engineer has inspected it.

It is the responsibility of the amusement ride operator to ensure rides are safe to use and effective service and maintenance schedules are followed. They are also responsible for training workers to operate the rides safely and provide a safe system of work.

Information has been sent to the show societies to distribute to their stallholders regarding compliance with the relevant Australian Standards for electrical and gas setups at the stalls, which inspectors will be checking also.

Acting Manager WHS Regulatory Compliance Maria Rigas said 'Anyone who is at the show and has safety concerns with a ride can contact us on 1800 019 115 to make a complaint.'

Read the full Media Release on the NT WorkSafe website.

NSW at the forefront of workplace safety. 

Recruitment will commence immediately for new inspectors to join SafeWork NSW over the next 24 months, following the allocation of $6.4 million in funding towards the NSW Government's successful work in reducing NSW's workplace injury and fatality rates.

Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation Kevin Anderson said the funding would add 40 new inspectors to the 330 strong team, lifting the NSW ratio to one inspector for every 10,000 workers. This aligns with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) benchmark and ahead of jurisdictions including Victoria and Queensland.

The role of SafeWork inspectors is to help businesses implement correct safety measures, educate and enforce compliance with the legislation and issue fines and penalties where safety is at risk in line with the national triage model.

Inspectors made 40,297 proactive and reactive visits and issued 8,504 improvement notices, and 448 penalty notices this financial year.

'These efforts make a real difference when it comes to our safety at work. Under this Government, workplace fatalities have reduced by 25 per cent, and injuries are almost 30 per cent down in the last ten years,' Mr Anderson said.

Read the full article on the SafeWork NSW website.

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