Michelle Roberts

Michelle Roberts

Minister for Housing and Works; Indigenous Affairs; Heritage; Land Information

    Minister launches Safe Work Australia Week

    19/10/2007 11:00 AM
     
    19/10/07

    More than 120 Western Australian businesses have registered to be part of this year’s Safe Work Australia Week to be held from October 22-26.

    Employment Protection Minister Michelle Roberts launched the third national Safe Work Australia Week in Perth this morning.

    Mrs Roberts said all States would participate in the week’s activities that promoted the message of keeping the workplace safe.

    “Activities and events include information sessions, safety workshops, displays, training sessions, quizzes and competitions,” she said.

    “A total of 25 Western Australians were killed in workplace incidents in the last financial year.”

    The Minister said that on average a Western Australian worker was injured every 30 minutes. This was a statistic that could only be addressed when workplace safety and health was taken seriously by all Western Australian workplaces.

    “Safe Work Australia Week is dedicated to raising awareness of workplace safety, preventing workplace incidents and managing injuries,” she said.

    “Here in WA, key events will be the Work Safe 2007 Forum on Monday and the Safety Achievers Dinner on Friday night.”

    Mrs Roberts encouraged employers and employees to participate in the spirit of Safe Work Australia Week by participating in workplace activities during the week.

    “It is only when everyone works together that we will succeed in truly making a difference, and Safe Work Australia Week provides the perfect opportunity to initiate a greater awareness of safety and health issues in the workplace,” she said.

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