John Bowler

John Bowler

Former Minister for Local Government; Employment Protection; Racing and Gaming; Goldfields-Esperance and Great Southern

    National safety program a success

    24/05/2006 4:00 PM

    A national occupational safety and health inspection program dealing with falls from heights from heavy vehicles has been hailed as a great success.

    Employment Protection Minister John Bowler said WorkSafe undertook the Western Australian section of the program and should lead to safer workplaces for those involved in the heavy vehicle sector.

    “The program is part of a 10-year National Occupational Safety and Health Strategy which has gained the commitment of Government Ministers from all States and Territories and aims to see Australian workplaces free from death, injury and disease,” Mr Bowler said.

    “These national campaigns are positive for industry in that they provide a level playing field and a set of benchmarks across the country, so everyone in the industry knows what is expected of them and all others in their industry.

    “The success of the program is another example of the States working together, contrary to claims of Federal Workplace Relations Minister Kevin Andrews that the States do not have a unified approach to health and safety issues.”

    Four main sectors were targeted during this program - car carriers, tankers, dry bulk haulage and livestock transport - with operators all required to conform to the same national standard.

    The aim of the program was to increase industry awareness of the legislative requirements associated with protecting workers from falls from heavy vehicles, and to increase the capacity of the industry to implement and maintain safe systems of work.

    “The industry and WorkSafe are in agreement that the program has been a great success,” the Minister said.

    “In the car carrier sector, 90 per cent of all new and 40 per cent of all used vehicles are now being transported by heavy vehicles fitted with fall arrest systems, or by containers from which the falls hazard has been eliminated.

    “I congratulate the transport industry on its participation in the program, and for its positive response to the workplace safety and health issues that were highlighted by the program.

    “This type of united effort is invaluable in the continuing effort to reduce work-related injury, illness and death.”

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