Free maintenance safety workshop

WorkSafe Victoria is holding a free workshop on 6 July in Preston, Victoria, on improving safety during maintenance and non-production tasks.

WorkSafe Victoria is holding a free workshop on 6 July in Preston, Victoria, on improving safety during maintenance and non-production tasks.

According to WorkSafe Victoria, the high number of injuries occurring during installation, maintenance and repair of machinery and equipment continues to be a concern to the organisation.

“Employees involved in such work make up about 25% of workers within the manufacturing environment. However, they account for nearly 60% of machinery and equipment-related workplace injury claims,” WorkSafe Victoria said.

“We need to reduce this toll. And we want you to help us.”

The organisation will be focussing attention on maintenance and non-production tasks in 2010-11. This includes repair, installation (commissioning and de-commissioning), servicing and cleaning of machinery and equipment.

As a first step, WorkSafe Victoria is holding a free solutions workshop. Topics to be covered include supervision as part of maintenance activities, the importance of preparing for maintenance tasks, fixing machinery quickly (but safely), contractor safety and working alone.

This is an opportunity for workers to have their say and influence WorkSafe Victoria’s approach to the issue.

The workshop will take place on Tuesday 6 July at Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre, from 8.30am – 3.00pm.

This solutions workshop is aimed at employers, production managers, maintenance managers, supervisors, health and safety representatives, maintenance employees and cleaners.