06:03 pm, Thursday 27 June, 2013
A safety alliance was signed by WorkCover NSW and Shellharbour City Council to improve work health and safety and injury management for Council staff.
The alliance will allow WorkCover and Shellharbour City Council to establish effective and practical approaches to work health and safety and injury management through communication, consultation, cooperation and industry leadership.
Part of the alliance would be the development of arrangements in relation to asbestos complaints, construction and demolition sites, major developments and Council construction projects.
Shellharbour Council General Manager, Michael Willis, said the the safety and welfare of Council staff is paramount to their success as an organisation.
“Local government is unique in its management of a diverse professional workforce that operates a range of equipment from heavy machinery to technically specific tools and resources,” said Mr Willis.
“This alliance will assist us in the delivery of a safe workplace for the benefit of staff and the community at large,” he said.
Acting General Manager of WorkCover’s Work Health and Safety Division, Tony Robinson said the alliance shows WorkCover’s commitment to working in partnership with the community to achieve a safer workplace.
“In 2008/09 in NSW two local government workers were killed on the job while 753 were injured,” Mr Robinson said.
“Shellharbour City Council is one of the largest employers in the in the area and almost all staff are connected in some way to the more than 66,000 people living within the local government area.
“WorkCover recognises the devastating affect the loss of a loved one in a workplace incident can have on family, friends and colleagues and how it can be exacerbated in a regional town due to the close links of workers to residents.
“The alliance between WorkCover NSW and Council gives the family and friends of staff reassurance that both organisations are working together to ensure their loved ones return home safely at the end of the working day, and if they do happen to get injured at work, there are systems in place to get them back to work as quickly as possible.”