'Speak Up Save Lives' app revolutionises work safety
A revolutionary app is making workplaces across the state safer for all employees.
The ‘Speak Up Save Lives’ app allows workers to anonymously raise safety concerns with SafeWork NSW. Last year alone saw 560 reports trigger interventions in high-risk safety issues.
Minister for Fair Trading Eleni Petinos said anonymity is a major concern for workers, who fear speaking up could lead to punishment or even the loss of their jobs.
“Speaking up can be intimidating. I want to reassure workers that any identifying features of your submission will not be made visible to your employer. Everyone is entitled to a safe work space,” Ms Petinos said.
“I urge anyone who sees anything risky or unsafe at work to please immediately report it. We all have our part to play to ensuring everyone’s safety.”
The app has helped SafeWork NSW prevent injuries and deaths, with 9,866 submissions since its inception two years ago.
“In January, we received a report about scaffolding on a construction site that had no edge protection, no safety ties and was within proximity of live power lines,” Ms Petinos said.
“Inspectors attended the site and issued a prohibition notice immediately. Somebody could have easily fallen to their death or been electrocuted.
“In another example, inspectors responded to reports of unsafe demolition and found unlicensed removalists dismantling a storm damaged house riddled with asbestos. Not only was the house at risk of structural collapse but improper asbestos removal can release deadly particles into the surrounding air.”
Businesses are still required to report all notifiable incidents, including death, serious injury or illness, or a dangerous incident, by calling 13 10 50 immediately.
For more information on the Speak Up Save Lives app, visit the SafeWork website.