NSW Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh is calling for more action to target risky behaviour and practices that could lead to injury or death on the job.
Mr Singh said that too often small mistakes or oversights were leading to catastrophic accidents that could have been avoided, which was why the focus of workers and employers needed to shift to target the behaviour early.
“Why should workers have to wait until someone is seriously hurt or killed before strong penalties can apply?” Mr Singh said.
“Safety in the workplace needs to target risks, not the outcome of those risks, otherwise there is no incentive for attitudes at work to change.”
As part of National Safe Work Month in October, the NSW Government has pledged to roll out initiatives which aim to protect workers from serious injury or death.
Mr Singh said workplace safety was everyone’s responsibility, with all workers and employers having a role to play in making sure those who go to work each day also go home to their families afterwards.
“I am urging everyone to stay alert to risks in their workplace, and most importantly, if you see something – say something. Failing to do so could result in the death of your workmates,” Mr Singh said.
For more information about workplace safety and steps businesses can take to improve safety outcomes, visit www.safework.nsw.gov.au.