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WA Work Fatalities Hit Seven-Year High

« Back to News Articles WA Work Fatalities Hit Seven-Year High

WA Work Fatalities Hit Seven-Year High - YET WORKSAFE TO SACK 10 SAFETY INSPECTORS.

UNBELIEVABLE: Workplace deaths in WA are their highest for seven years yet Worksafe has declared it will cut the jobs of 10 safety inspectors.

22 WA workers lost their lives during the past year – more than double the nine workplace fatalities five years ago.

But instead of increasing its policing of occupational health and safety in this state the Barnett Government intends axing 10 of it’s most vital employees.

The move beggars belief.

The best way to honour the lives of the twenty-two West Australians who died at work over the past year is to commit ourselves to preventing, as far as possible, any further fatalities.

Surely the government knows that sacking the 10 inspectors will lead to more people being killed and maimed while doing their jobs.

The situation is of grave concern to the TWU with just over a third of the deaths occurring in transport, postal and warehousing.

The Barnett Government record on work health and safety reform is pathetic.

Eight years after commitments to strengthen occupation health and safety laws in WA they have gone backwards.

In WA, penalties for breaches to health and safety laws are grossly inadequate.

There have been no steps taken to protect work safety whistleblowers.

Now, with cuts to WorkSafe inspectors, there will be fewer investigations and less prevention.

The TWU has joined the Unions WA campaign against the axing of safety inspectors.