Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott is calling for more action to target risky behaviour and practices that could lead to injury or death in NSW workplaces.
Mr Elliott said too often, small mistakes or oversights are leading to catastrophic accidents that could’ve been avoided, which is why the focus of workers and employers needs 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 Elliott 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 this October, the NSW Government has pledged to rollout a number of new initiatives which aim to protect workers from serious injury or death.
Mr Elliott said workplace safety is the responsibility of everyone, which is why all workers and employers have a role to play to make sure those who go to work each day also go home to their families afterwards.
“I am urging everyone in the Baulkham Hills electorate 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 work mates.”
For more information about workplace safety and steps businesses can take to improve safety outcomes, please visit www.safework.nsw.gov.au.