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Council and kids on board in push for safety at work

Locke Nash, 10, Kane O'Brien, 9 and Jeremy Nash, 8 are keen to take part in the colouring part of Safety Week. Photo: Contributed
Locke Nash, 10, Kane O'Brien, 9 and Jeremy Nash, 8 are keen to take part in the colouring part of Safety Week. Photo: Contributed Contributed

SAFE Work Australia Week kicked off on Monday and the Tweed Shire Council is right on board encouraging Tweed businesses to step up their safety.

This year's theme was Safety beings with an S but starts with YOU.

The council's workplace health and safety coordinator Lorraine Dawson said the week was an important opportunity to raise awareness and acknowledge safe work practices.

"Council has an extensive health and safety program that is managed throughout the year," she said.

"The Think Act Be Safe message focuses on the importance of safety within the workgroups; however safe work week is another opportunity to reinforce the importance of this message."

According to the Council there are more than 300 deaths as a result of work place incidents each year throughout Australia.

"Council is very fortunate to have relatively minor incidences in comparison to the high risk work that is carried out on a daily basis," she said.

"But safety is an area that council will not compromise on because of the potential consequences to our workers.

"Workplace injuries impact families, the individual and the workplace and it is this human cost that drives the importance of Safety Work Week and safe practices in general."

Throughout this week the council have run a number of events this week honing in on safety in the workplace.

The talks included sun safety, car maintenance sessions and information on back care.

The council's WHS team also launched a competition for council staff's children to draw or create a collage that reminds staff why it was important to keep the workplace safe.

The winner's drawings will be used in the council's 2013 safety calendar.

"The benefits of incorporating children in this event is to provide a reminder to all of us of why we need to be safe at work," Mrs Dawson.

"This message will be a key focus for Councils 2013 safety calendar."

Topics:  business, safe work australia, tweed shire council



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