09:54 pm, Thursday 5 December, 2013
WorkSafe inspectors are visiting retail stores in Victoria this week to encourage shop owners and workers to prioritise safety during the Christmas sales rush.
They will continue to visit stores across the summer months and will be looking at issues on housekeeping practices, ladder safety, storage and stock management processes. Safety training for young and new workers will also be a focus for the inspectors.
WorkSafe Regional Director, Melinda Collinson, urged the retail sector to prioritise safety so that everyone could get home safely at the end of each day.
“This time of year, many businesses put on Christmas casuals for the summer months, so it’s particularly important that young or new employees receive appropriate training and supervision. They should also be encouraged to speak up if they are uncertain about how to do something safely,” said Ms Collinson.
She encouraged all workplaces be proactive in identifying and fixing safety issues.
“The good news is that these types of injuries are preventable and the solutions to the hazards are often simple fixes,” she said.
“One of the easiest ways to prevent slips, trips and falls is to make sure in-store and back-of-store areas are free from clutter and excess stock.
“Another simple solution to avoid manual handling injuries is to use an elevated work surface, such as a trolley or table, instead of lifting stock from the floor.
“It’s also essential that workers have the right equipment to access stock or displays at height. Platform-style ladders are often a better choice than A-frame ladders, which can be less stable and pose a greater fall risk.”
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