01:32 pm, Wednesday 4 April, 2012
WorkCover is working with many employers such as ride operators, animal handlers, stall holders, commercial operators as well as their workers to ensure that they are well informed of their health and safety obligations.
General Manager of WorkCover’s Work Health and Safety Division, John Watson said that a key focus for this year’s shows will be amusement rides and that inspectors will conduct log book audits and visual audits of devices to secure work health safety compliance.
“Before the shows open, WorkCover inspectors will conduct audits of all amusement devices to verify that they have been installed and maintained in safe working order prior to the event.
“This includes validating that all operator log books are up-to-date and that all devices have been certified as serviceable by a suitably qualified engineer.”
He also said that inspectors will be verifying that employers had appropriate workers compensation policies before and during the shows.
“Operators employing casual staff, including interstate employers hiring workers from NSW, are also being reminded that their workers compensation policies must be adjusted accordingly,” said Mr Watson.
WorkCover inspectors will participate in the Royal Agricultural Society’s formal induction program, and will deliver workshops which outline health and safety workers compensation obligations to all involved in the event. They will also give advice to show operators and personnel on new work health and safety laws, stall construction hazards, falls from height precautions and what to do if a worker is injured.
Inspectors will be available on site to assist show personnel during the set up and shut down of both shows.