Cooma-Monaro Shire Council is set to team up with WorkCover NSW to improve safety features and standards to protect local government employees as well as members of the public.
The announcement made on Monday (August 22) stated that the new alliance was a shining example of collaboration between state and local government departments that would help to promote safety across the board.
The general manager of Cooma-Monaro Shire Council John Vucic said that the new alliance was a welcome step that would benefit the wider community, providing "invaluable" access to advice from seasoned experts from the state government body.
Vucic asserted: "The alliance with WorkCover supports [the] council’s motto of 'Building a Better Community' by providing practical guidance, advice and resources in relation to safety."
This sentiment was echoed by WorkCover’s work, health and safety division general manager John Watson, who used the announcement to remind people of the importance of being safety-minded.
Watson asserted: "The safety alliance gives the family and friends of council staff reassurance that both organisations are working together to ensure their loved ones return home safely at the end of the working day."
Between July 2008 and June 2009, over 700 local government employees were reported injured, with a further two deaths resulting from workplace accidents.
These incidents were felt even more by residents in places like Cooma and Monaro because of the close ties that existed between the council's workforce and the local population, said Watson.
The new alliance is aimed at reducing the incidents of personal injury to both workers and members of the public.
Watson also said that WorkCover recognised the "devastating" consequences that these accidents could have on families and close friends of affected indiivduals.
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