WorkSafe Victoria is reminding businesses not to neglect health and safety in the lead up to Christmas with the campaign ‘Let’s Put 2021 Safely Behind Us’. The safety campaign is running in print, online and radio advertising. It aims to encourage employers to think about safety systems and procedures to protect workers before the new year.
WorkSafe Victoria states, “Whether it’s the construction industry seeking to finish jobs before the Christmas shutdown, or the manufacturing sector swamped with last-minute orders, the end of the year makes for a busy and potentially dangerous time at work.”
From 2018 to 2020, there were 24 fatalities from workplace incidents in the last two months of the year.
WorkSafe Victoria Executive Director of Health and Safety Dr Narelle Beer said, “Cutting corners and taking safety shortcuts can be fatal. Don’t let these holidays turn to tragedy because of a rush to complete work.”
Dr Beer also emphasised the importance of considering mental health.
“A positive work environment is particularly important during the festive season, where staff may be feeling overwhelmed by a surge in consumer demand and increased workloads,” Dr Beer said.
“It is crucial employers maintain a supportive workplace, especially during the holiday season. This includes ensuring employees have a safe workload, are listened to and treated with respect.
“Slow down, take your time, and talk about health and safety with your workmates to ensure everyone can have a well-earned break and a happy and safe New Year,” Dr Beer said.