In a high-risk workplace, every measure that improves the health and safety of workers and stakeholders is a positive move.
To this end, saw milling company Tasco has signed an agreement with WorkCover NSW to form a partnership to improve existing safety protocols and procedures.
The industrial firm is presently involved in the construction of a new project that will include work to upgrade current frameworks and processes – costing an estimated $69 million.
While the new saw mill may provide the resource-production company with the facility to improve overall productivity with reduced operating costs, the company is still heavily focused on providing for the health and safety of both its employees and contractors involved in the construction process.
Speaking on the agreement, Tasco's managing director Bart Crawley said that it was in the organisation's best interests to promote a safety culture based on the corporate values of trust, respect and ethical management.
Crawely asserted: "Tasco is responsible for strong workplace health and safety leadership and is committed to providing a safe workplace for all its workers and visitors.
"Tasco will work with WorkCover NSW to achieve safer workplaces by improving occupational health and safety management performance."
As part of the recent agreement, the partner organisations will work together to deliver an action plan that includes monthly reporting, WorkCover presentations and staff site safety meetings.
The partnership will see both parties work together to provide a safe and productive workplace, according to the acting general manager of WorkCover’s Work Health and Safety Division Peter Dunphy.
He stated: "WorkCover will support Tasco through communication, consultation and cooperation, giving the family and friends of Tasco staff increased reassurance that their loved ones will return home safely at the end of the working day."
Dunphy also said that he recognised that individuals whose roles involved dealing with workplace hazards on a daily basis were the best placed to help with "the development of relevant and effective work health and safety solutions" as required by the new agreement.
While some modes of employment pose a certain element of risk, it is the responsibility of employers to ensure the health and safety of all those involved.
By eliminating obvious threats, workers and managers are able to reduce the chance of a workplace injury.
A compensation lawyer can help employees who have their health affected by their work to gain payments that can assist in recovery.
The initial cost of a claim can also be reduced through the use of a no win no fee law firm, removing a potential barrier for many working families.