The State Government has launched a work safety blitz, after figures showed that the number of Western Australians killed in workplace accidents had more than doubled during the past year.
During the 2005-06 financial year, 12 people were killed in workplace incidents, while in 2006-07, the figure was 25.
Employment Protection Minister Michelle Roberts said the ‘Come Home Safe’ campaign was aimed at raising awareness of workplace safety and health and ensuring workers returned home to their families safely.
“The key message of this campaign is that workplace safety and health is an important community issue, relevant to us all,” Mrs Roberts said.
“These advertisements, unlike previous campaigns, focus on what is happening at home, with family members waiting for loved ones to return from work.
“The campaign theme is ‘The most important reason to make your workplace safe is not at work at all’.”
On average a WA worker is killed every 19 days, while a worker is seriously injured every 30 minutes.
“WorkSafe is providing a wide range of information to help workplaces improve their safety and health because with some forethought and planning, risks can be eliminated or controlled,” the Minister said.
Mrs Roberts said the State Government was committed to providing a safe work environment and had supported WorkSafe with 100 inspectors.
The Come Home Safe campaign consisted of television and radio advertisements. People were encouraged to call the WorkSafe hotline for information on how to make their workplace safer.
“This campaign is about walking in the door after each shift and literally taking time to smell the roses,” the Minister said.
“I’m really proud of this campaign - it contains a strong message that should resonate in every home across the State.”
The WorkSafe hotline is 1300 307 877.
Minister's office - 9213 6600