Picture: FILE IMAGEWORKSAFE has issued more than 100 improvement notices toHorsham businesses after a series of inspections this month.

Authority inspectors visited more than 200 businesses in the city from May 9 to 13.

The group released the findings from its inspections on Thursday.

WorkSafe regional operations managerTrevor Butler said the authority issued 112 improvement notices for workplaces found to have risks or hazards that needed to be addressed.

“Additionally, there were 36 instances where an employer resolved the situation at the time of our visit,” he said.

“Our inspections revealed that slips, trips and falls remain an issue for some employers due to poor housekeeping, damaged or inappropriate ladders and a lack of safety railing on mezzanine levels.

“Our inspectors also saw machinery that was inadequately guarded or damaged and workplaces that had no register for chemicals.”

Mr Butler said complying with occupational health and safety laws must be an ongoing commitment for employers.

“The safest workplaces are those where employers and workers exchange information and ideas about risks to health and safety, and together come up with measures that can eliminate or reduce those risks,” he said.

WorkSafestatistics released in MarchshowHorsham had the most workplace injury claimsof any Wimmera municipalitylast year, with 81.

The inspections in May came after WorkSafe ran an information briefing for employers in the city in mid-April.

Both the session and the inspections were part of theSafeTowns program, which aims to improve health and safety in Victorian workplaces.

The briefing included information aboutsafety issuesand obligations, employees returning to work after injuries, workplace bullying, and dangerous goods handling.

Mr Butler said he was pleased about 50 employers took part.

“We had inspectors there to provide information and guidance on a number of practical topics such as identifying hazards in the workplace, the types of controls employers could implement to minimise risks to employees, and their return to work obligations,” he said.

“Our inspectors were also able to provide advice on issues such as poor manual handling, which is still the cause of almost 40 per cent of all workplace injuries.

“The session provided a really good opportunity for employers to speak one-on-one with our inspectors about health and safety in their workplaces.”

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