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Sydney manufacturers targeted in SafeWork inspection blitz

Aug 17th 2023

Sydney manufacturers targeted in SafeWork inspection blitz

SafeWork NSW inspectors are visiting businesses across metropolitan Sydney to make sure manufacturers are managing risks associated with moving plant and machinery.

SafeWork statistics show nearly 10 percent of all workplace deaths occur in the manufacturing industry. In 2021, seven percent of all occupational deaths were the result of being trapped by machinery.

The safety watchdog says several incidents involving machinery are under investigation. The safety regulator confirmed it is conducting investigations into an incident that claimed the life of a worker and injured two others on June 27. The incident happened at a Minchinbury warehouse.

“SafeWork has sent 58,000 letters with advice to businesses across Sydney who have been identified as working with machinery. Business owners should know that we are coming and there will be no excuses for putting workers’ lives at risk," SafeWork NSW Executive Director Compliance and Dispute Resolution Matt Press said.

Further information can be found here.

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