Dec 23rd 2021
Workplaces urged to make safety a priority this festive season
SafeWork NSW is reminding all businesses and workers across the State to make safety a priority this festive season.
SafeWork NSW Executive Director of Compliance and Dispute Resolution, Tony Williams, said the festive season is a busy time for many industries.
“The lead-up to Christmas is the most demanding and dangerous period of the year for many in the hospitality, transport, retail and construction industries,” said Mr Williams.
“With many school leavers and casual workers joining the workforce out of lockdown, the desire to impress can lead to risk taking that more experienced colleagues wouldn’t take.
“Coupled with the additional pressure of trying to complete jobs before the Christmas break, the potential for injury is increased, so workplaces need to make safety a priority so that everyone makes it to Christmas injury-free.”
“Other steps businesses can take to prevent injuries include ensuring adequate staffing levels, setting realistic workloads and work schedules, having contingency plans if work falls behind and providing regular rest breaks.
Mr Williams said following these steps will ensure it is a happy and productive Christmas for all.
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