New safety plan launched to protect workers in NSW’s manufacturing industry

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SafeWork NSW has launched a new safety plan to reduce injuries and deaths in the manufacturing sector.

Minister for Better Regulation, Matt Kean expressed his confidence over the new plan which will better protect workers in one of the state’s highest risk industries employing over 240,000 people.

“The manufacturing sector is one of the state’s most significant industries, producing a wide range of goods and injecting thousands of vital jobs in the economy,” said Mr. Kean.

“However, from July 2013 to July 2016, there were almost 41,000 workers compensation claims and tragically there were 24 fatalities.”

Work-related injuries, diseases and fatalities claims cost the compensation system $558 million over the same period.

“The rate of injury remains far too high, and that’s exactly why we’re launching a new safety plan to help protect every worker across this important sector,” said Mr. Kean.

SafeWork NSW would commence the plan alongside manufacturing business, employers, workers, industry associations and worker representatives.

“Together they will explore ideas and opportunities for simple and practical safety solutions that reduce or eliminate the most common types of injuries,” said Mr. Kean.

The plan includes workgroups to assist the industry in managing key risks, developing tools like manuals and fact sheets to make compliance simpler, as well as forklift and machine safety blitz’s to ensure workplaces have proper safeguards in place.

“Our priority is to make sure every worker who heads off to work in the morning, returns home safely to their family each night,” said Mr. Kean.

The plan has been launched today during the National Manufacturing Week Safety First Conference at the Sydney Olympic Park.

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