WA work sites will be made safer with the State Government creating new WorkSafe inspector roles.
Six positions will be created, increasing the number of inspectors from 93 to 99, with the McGowan Government claiming the addition is an improvement on the previous Barnett government’s efforts.
The inspectors will assist with improving the timeliness of investigations and requests to attend, the availability of inspectors resources in regional WA and providing support to the rise in complex psychosocial matters as well as increasing a focus on mental health.
Four of the new inspectors commenced the positions with the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety in February.
The remaining two will commence in the middle of the year.
Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston said the new inspectors were part of the State Government attempts to prioritise the safety and health of WA workers.
“I’m pleased to announce that once all the inspectors are trained and ready, it’s expected WorkSafe services and investigative resources will improve,” Mr Johnston said.
He said that the former Barnett Government did not do enough to improve workplace safety and it was rectifying their decisions.
“It’s disappointing the Barnett Liberal National Government cut the number of WorkSafe inspectors, the McGowan Government, once again, is acting to address one of its poor decisions,” Mr Johnston said.
“There’s always more to be done, but I’m pleased these extra resources have been made available.”