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Danger time for workplace incidents is here

WorkSafe has issued a reminder to keep workplace safety in mind when returning to work after the festive season.

WorkSafe WA Acting Executive Director Chris Kirwin said today there had been 11 work-related fatalities in WA this financial year, and employers and workers should guard against complacency.

 “We need to remember that good occupational safety and health management requires everyone to work together to maintain a safe workplace, and there is no place for complacency,” Mr Kirwin said.

 “People returning to work after the festive break need to be especially mindful of workplace risks, and I appeal to everyone in the workforce to remain vigilant and aware of any potential risks.

 “It is unfortunately quite common for workers to remain in “holiday mode” after the festive season, and lack of proper attention to the task at hand – especially in the more hazardous areas - has been known to have tragic results.”

 In 2005/06, WA recorded 12 traumatic work-related deaths and 25 in 2006/07.  There were 27 fatalities in 2007/08.

 In addition, every year around 19,000 Western Australians suffer an injury or illness serious enough to have to take time off work.

 WorkSafe has a set of priority areas with a specific focus for both enforcement and educational programs.  These areas have been found to have a higher than average rate of injury and/or fatalities.

 The priority areas are electricity, falls from height, fatigue management, hazardous substances, manual handling (lifting), machine guarding, mobile plant (traffic management) and slips, trips and falls.

 WorkSafe continues to direct a large proportion of effort and resources to these priority areas.

 “It is particularly important to be vigilant at this time of year,” Mr Kirwin said.  “Eleven work-related deaths is eleven too many, and we all have the right to return home from work safe and healthy every day.”

 Further information on safety at work can be obtained by telephoning WorkSafe on 9327 8777, or on the website at

 Media Contact:  Caroline De Vaney 9327 8744 or 0408 927563 (media enquiries only).



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