08:22 am, Tuesday 2 March, 2010
Qantas has been issued two improvement notices by WorkCover NSW, citing the company’s staff training for emergency evacuations and baggage handling.
According to news reports, Qantas workers at Sydney’s domestic airport have not been given training in emergency procedures. Reports say some employees have not been in an emergency drill in 8 years.
WorkCover has confirmed improvement notices were issued to Qantas, but no additional details were given.
Qantas says emergency procedures are in place, and it is committed to complying with all OHS requirements.
The Transport Workers’ Union says the improvement notices are long overdue.
“That constant wear and tear on the guys, day in, day out, we’ve now got a high percentage of worker’s comp, which is just unbelievable,” he said.