Manufacturing is a challenging business. But for wood manufacturing, the stakes are particularly high. The main reason is attributed to work and safety issues within the industry.
WorkCover NSW recently announced plans to inspect fifteen Hunter businesses. The purpose of the inspection was to reduce the risk associated with wood manufacturing business. Some of the measures to address this issue include reducing the dangers of inhaling wood dust particles, proper use of equipment and uniform issues.
The Hunter’s wood manufacturing sectors were targeted due to the number of injuries that occurred. According to John Watson, the General Manager of WorkCover’s Work Health and Safety Division, Hunter has made “134 claims with injuries”. In order to improve the safety and wellbeing of employees, WorkCover NSW plans to work directly with the businesses in order to gain knowledge and experience of how they currently manage their work environment.
Over the past three years, over $19.5 million workers compensation claims have been made, especially from the wood manufacturing sector. This places the sector as one of the top 10 firms associated with high risk injuries.
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