SafeWork NSW will hold two free safety seminars next week for local tradies after several local workers were seriously injured.

The seminars, being held on Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 November at the Port Macquarie SES Building, are targeting local tradies who work on roofs for short periods such as roof cleaners, roof painters and antenna installers.

The seminars have been organised after a number of recent incidents, including:

  • A 22 year old male suffered multiple fractures when he fell approximately two metres from an extension ladder while removing a cooling fan at Wauchope in August.
  • A 26 year old male builder fell approximately two metres through an awning that was being re-sheeted at Coffs Harbour in June.
  • Three construction workers were injured in July when they fell approximately two metres from timber planks arranged loosely on the scaffolding of a Nana Glen residential construction site.

SafeWork NSW Port Macquarie District Coordintor, Peter Barron said working from heights was hazardous and the seminars would help local tradies understand what they had to do to keep themselves and their workers safe.

“A fall, even from a relatively low height, can result in serious injury or death,” Mr Barron said.

“Most of these incidents could have been prevented had safe work systems such as safety harnesses or work platforms been used.

“During 2013/14 there were 4,170 workers compensation claims for falls from heights at a cost of more than $49 million.

“We’re encouraging local tradies to attend the seminars and learn about some of the simple and cost effective safety solutions which could stop more local workers getting injured.”

Under NSW work health and safety laws, workplaces must have safety systems to prevent workers falling from heights. Businesses must provide workers with information, instruction, training and supervision in risk control procedures and workers are required to follow those procedures.

Small businesses that attend the seminar may be eligible for a rebate of up to $500 through SafeWork’s Small Business Rebate Program which can be used to purchase and install safety improvements.

The seminars will be held on Tuesday, 29 November and Wednesday, 30th November 2016 from 7.30 am – 9.00 am at the SES Building, Central Road, Port Macquarie (near the new Ambulance station). The seminars are relevant for anyone who works on roofs for short periods, including gutter installers, solar installers, plumbers, window cleaners. A free sausage sizzle breakfast and tea and coffee will be held from 7.30am with attendees eligible to claim 1.5 CPD points.

To attend the seminar, contact SafeWork NSW Port Macquarie on 6588 7000.

For more information on safely working with heights, including the free publications Safe working at heights, and the Code of Practice: Safe Work on Roofs Parts 1 and 2, visit www.safework.nsw.gov.auor call 13 10 50.

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