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Safety Alert: Look after new workers

  • Date: 01 Feb 2016
  • Categories: WH&S

LSA Safety Alert 04-2016: LOOK AFTER NEW WORKERS – Turfgrowers are reminded of the importance of looking after new workers and ensuring proper training and inductions on farm and on site. Maintaining a safe workplace should be a priority and proper safety procedures should be in place. Read more at: http://bit.ly/1POw3Q5

 

Lawn Solutions Australia Business Manager Simon Adermann has spoken of the importance of training and induction of new and younger workers as many farms and site-works resume into full swing after the holidays.

“You see that this time of the year there can be a few new faces coming on board at many turf farms and it’s important to pay a little additional attention to these new starters,” he said.

Many new turf farm employees these days don’t necessarily come from a farming background, so the use of some quite large and often dangerous farm-type equipment can be quite foreign to them.

“With the introduction to farm operations and also any on-site type work there needs to be a solid effort on the part of the employer to ensure that safety is a priority. It’s the law and stiff penalties apply for breaches,” stresses Adermann.

Simon’s warning echoes that of the Executive Director of SafeWork NSW, Peter Dunphy who said in a statement that the return to work period at the end of the school holidays requires extra caution on the part of businesses and workers.

“There are many young workers entering the workforce for the first time who will be keen to impress,” says Dunphy. This can lead to them taking risks that more experienced workers would not and increases the chance of a workplace injury.”

With many young workers entering the workforce for the first time, SafeWork , like Adermann, is encouraging businesses to provide them with proper training and supervision in order to protect them from injuries.

According to Safework NSW, young workers below the age of 25 accounted for 16 percent of all injuries recorded in NSW workplaces during 2013/14. More than 15,000 young workers were injured during that period and seven killed across NSW.

“Businesses need to provide appropriate training and supervision so that they don’t take unnecessary risks and get injured on the job,” said Mr Dunphy.

Businesses are also encouraged to remind experienced workers not to become complacent.

“They also need to reinforce to experienced workers the importance of not becoming complacent as it has been found to be a major contributing factor to workplace injuries at this time of the year,” he said.

“This can be done through inductions, toolbox talks or tips for safety which highlight the business’s safety culture and emphasise safe work methods, and is particularly important for workers who have had changes to their job or workplace over the break.

“That’s why SafeWork is urging businesses to make safety a priority as their experienced workers return from holidays and their young workers commence,” he said.

Further information on protecting young workers can be obtained by calling SafeWork on 13 10 50 or www.safework.nsw.gov.au

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