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Wednesday 12th May 2021

May 12th 2021

Wednesday 12th May 2021

Safety with asbestos a priority. 

SafeWork SA will commence proactive compliance audits of licensed asbestos removal jobs to ensure they meet the required regulations.

Beginning on 10 May 2021, SafeWork SA will be taking the stance of no excuses for non-compliance with the safe removal of asbestos as the risks are clear; asbestos is carcinogenic.

In 2020 three compliance campaigns were undertaken by SafeWork SA, which included desktop audits and routine visits.

Glenn Farrell, Acting Executive Director of Safework SA, said that 'There is an expectation amongst the community that the engagement of an asbestos licence holder will give some certainty that compliance with the legislation is being met and that high safety standards are applied. If there is a continued disregard by licence holders and other duty holders in meeting their obligations under the law, I will not hesitate to take action.

Asbestos regulations have been in place for more than 25 years, and there is ample information around the risks and control measures in place, including the Asbestos website'.

The 2020 asbestos snapshot can be viewed to see what enforcement actions were taken by SafeWork SA and why. 

Original source - SafeWork SA website.

Focus on preventing falls from trucks. 

Data from SafeWork SA has identified that in 2020 there were 18 serious injuries as a result of falls from vehicles. These included exiting the cab of trucks and falling from the trays. The injuries suffered included ten serious head injuries, and the falls occurred between 1 and 2 metres and below 1 metre.

To keep drivers safe, employers can reduce the risk of falls by conducting regular maintenance on truck equipment, implementing safe systems of work and training drivers correctly.

Falls from height and slips and trips are the leading cause of workplace injury across all industries after hazardous manual tasks

Original source - SafeWork SA website.

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