Keep­ing us safe

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS -

MANS­FIELD Shire Coun­cil has re­cently con­ducted an au­dit into Oc­cu­pa­tional Health and Safety and the shire seems to be tick­ing along nicely.

Coun­cil es­tab­lished safe work method state­ments on ac­tiv­i­ties that are deemed “high risk con­struc­tion work” ac­cord­ing to the Vic­to­rian Oc­cu­pa­tional Health and Safety Reg­u­la­tions 2017. This in­cludes but is not limited to:

where there is a risk of a per­son fall­ing more than two me­tres in­volv­ing an ex­ca­vated trench or shaft;

ar­eas on or near pres­surised gas dis­tri­bu­tion mains or pip­ing;

ar­eas on or near en­er­gised elec­tri­cal in­stal­la­tions or ser­vices;

ar­eas on or ad­ja­cent to road­ways or rail­ways used by road or rail traf­fic; and

at work­places where there is any move­ment of pow­ered mo­bile plant.

An au­dit was also un­der­taken on haz­ardous sub­stances and dan­ger­ous goods to en­sure that coun­cil meets the new Global Har­mon­i­sa­tion re­quire­ments of the Vic­to­rian Oc­cu­pa­tional Health and Safety Reg­u­la­tions 2017.

Prop­erty dam­age con­tin­ues to rank as the high­est in­ci­dent clas­si­fi­ca­tion, but it in­cludes every­thing from a tyre punc­ture on a coun­cil ve­hi­cle to van­dal­ism of coun­cil owned as­sets.

Of the nine in­juries that have been re­ported to coun­cil this year, none were sig­nif­i­cant.

“Coun­cil en­cour­ages the re­port­ing of all in­ci­dents, re­gard­less of how mi­nor,” Michelle Foster from Oc­cu­pa­tional Health and Safety said.

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