New inspectors to boost workplace safety in WA

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Six new WorkSafe inspector roles have been created in Western Australia to help improve workplace safety.

According to the WA Government, four of the new inspectors commenced within the mining department in February 2019, while the remaining two will commence in mid-2019.

The State Government says the additional inspectors will assist with improving the timeliness of investigations and requests to attend and the availability of inspector resources in regional Western Australia.

They will also provide support and recognition to the rise in complex psychosocial matters being referred to the department, and the increasing community focus on mental health in the workplace.

Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston said the initiative confirms the McGowan Government’s commitment to prioritising the safety and health of workers.

“I’m pleased to announce that once all the inspectors are trained and ready, it’s expected WorkSafe services and investigative resources will improve,” Johnston said in a statement.

“It’s disappointing the Barnett Liberal National Government cut the number of WorkSafe inspectors, the McGowan Government, once again, is acting to address one of its poor decisions.

“There’s always more to be done, but I’m pleased these extra resources have been made available.”

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