Stay safe at work
More action needs to be done to target risky behaviour and practices that could lead to injury or death in NSW workplaces.
Too often, small mistakes or oversights are leading to catastrophic accidents that could have been avoided. The focus of workers and employers needs to shift to target the behaviour early.
Safety in the workplace needs to target risks, not the outcome of those risks, otherwise there is no incentive for attitudes at work to change.
As part of October's National Safe Work Month, the NSW government has pledged to roll-out a number of new initiatives which aim to protect workers from serious injury or death.
Workplace safety is the responsibility of everyone, which is why all workers and employers have a role to play to make sure those who go to work each day also go home to their families afterwards.
I am urging everyone at a work site to stay alert to risks in their workplace, and, most importantly, if you see something - say something. Failing to do so could result in the death of your work mates.
For more information about workplace safety and steps businesses can take to improve safety outcomes visit safework.nsw.gov.au
Storm season is here
The NSW government urges communities to prepare for storm season including weather that can produce heavy rain, flash flooding and hailstones across the state.
The best defence against storm season is a prepared community.
As the weather heats up over summer, storms become more frequent. While parts of NSW have experienced extremely dry conditions and bushfires, we have also seen severe storms with damaging winds and hail.
NSW SES has responded to more than 5600 storm damage jobs in the last three months alone, and more than 34,000 storm-related jobs in the last year.
Severe storms can hit at any time, so families need to know their risk and make a plan. The NSW government has invested $56.4 million to provide the SES with 270 vehicles, 124 marine vessels and 95 storm trailers over four years to support communities in times of crisis. Call the SES on 132 500.