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Date Posted03/10/2018

SafeWork NSW Releases Plan to Tackle Construction Deaths

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SafeWork NSW has released a plan to address construction deaths in the state and according to the plan, the state hopes to reduce workplace deaths by 30 per cent in the next 5 years. It’s also part of the plan to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses in the state by 50 per cent, Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said recently.

Mr Kean said the plan isn’t about statistics but about people. He pointed out the importance of getting people home to their families at the end of each day.

He said that despite the state already meeting and exceeding the national targets and workplace deaths having fallen 25 per cent, even one death is one too many, which is why SafeWork has a renewed plan.

Workers need to be kept safe, especially now that the state is in the midst of the biggest road and rail construction boom in the country’s history.

The Liberal National Government has launched an initiative to tackle workplace safety which includes $55million towards a Mentally Healthy Workplaces Strategy and a $3.2 million workplace safety awareness campaign. It has also increased funding to the $3.7 million Quad Bike Safety Program and enhancing laws for working with hazardous chemicals.

Read more at: https://www.safework.nsw.gov.au/news/media-release/driving-down-deaths-in-construction-industry

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