New digital campaign promotes safe tree work

SafeWork NSW has today launched a new digital campaign to promote safe tree work.

The campaign aims to reach tree work industry businesses, workers, their families and friends through social media sites like Facebook, eBay and Gumtree to raise awareness about safety in an industry that suffered too many serious injuries.

“Every worker in the NSW tree work industry has the right to a safe and healthy workplace, but each year more than 150 workers are injured, and sadly, three workers died in 2016/17,” said SafeWork NSW Acting Executive Director, Operations, Tony Williams.

“Between 2013-2016 workplace injuries and occupational disease claims cost the NSW workers compensation system $ 19 million.

“Planning is key when conducting tree work and through the campaign, SafeWork NSW aims to raise awareness of a new online safety guide that has been developed to better protect workers and consumers.

Mr. Williams said that while workplace safety is everyone’s responsibility, it requires leadership from business owners.

“Whether you are a tree work business owner, worker or their loved one, we all need to ensure workplaces are as healthy and safe as possible,” he said.

The campaign is part of a joint tree work safety initiative of SafeWork NSW, NSW Fair Trading and State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA).

“An online safety guide has been developed to provided information, advice and materials to enable tree work businesses to take simple steps to plan safe tree work so that injuries can be reduced,” said  Mr. Williams.

“Unfortunately, unqualified or unregistered businesses are also a problem in the industry, which is why Fair Trading and SafeWork inspectors will continue to crack down on any unscrupulous operators taking advantage of unsuspecting property owners.

More information is available at www.safework.nsw.gov.au.

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