Workplace Safety Tips – Advice for People in Coastal Areas
Workplace health and safety is incredibly important for employees working in coastal areas. After all, these environments often contain more natural hazards and more dynamic surroundings than most workplaces.
Australia’s most well-known strip of coastline, the Gold Coast, is prone to dramatic structural changes due to sensitivity caused by severe weather patterns. In fact, eight million cubic metres of sand was eroded from Gold Coast beaches after a series of severe cyclones in 1967. Experts believe that the coastal city will continue to experience further erosion and changes in the landscape so it’s important to constantly monitor the changing risks.
Examples of high-risk coastal work include offshore oil and gas industries, fishing, shipping and coastal construction.
Ensure Risk Assessments Have Been Carried Out
Risk assessments thoroughly scrutinise each and every aspect of the work environment. These examinations go a long way to eradicating dangers and preventing accidents in the workplace.
Considerations included in a coastal risk assessment should include:
● Soil conidition
● Water conditions
● Electric settings
● Air pollution
● Construction procedures
● Chemical compounds
● Legal liabilities
Studies show that workplaces that hire risk management companies are less likely to experience major accidents. As an employee, you should ensure the company you work for has carried out these assessments. If you are a contractor, you will need to organise them yourself.
A quality risk assessor will be able to determine how safe the work will be and provide a report that can be reviewed when needed or used in legal processes if an incident occurs.
Safe Equipment and Machinery
A lot of coastal work involves relying on equipment and machinery to keep workers safe. Because of this, equipment and machines need thorough checking and testing to ensure that they operate adequately.
If machinery or equipment stops working properly in high-risk situations – such as working at a height – the risk of injury or death is significant. There should be trained, highly experienced professionals on site who can identify whether machinery and equipment are functional and being properly used.
One of the most common mistakes made is overloading equipment and machines beyond their weight capabilities. There should always be a backup plan in case damage or malfunction occurs. This includes having spare equipment and machinery, having a capable repairer onsite, or being able to call someone in for assistance.
If you are involved in a workplace accident that causes injury, you may be eligible for compensation and superannuation insurance benefits. Dwyer Law Group has a team of experienced compensation lawyers that provide advice and representation for workers in coastal areas such as the Gold Coast.
If you’d like to talk to us about whether you’re entitled to workers compensation under Queensland law, contact us online or call us on 07 5538 2766 and ask about our ‘No Win, No Fee’ policy.