Australia has comprehensive health and safety laws that make our workplaces some of the safest in the western world. Regardless of the type of work performed, every worker should have had a formal safety induction before being allowed to start work. During this process they are alerted to any hazards present in their work area and introduced to their supervisor and work colleagues.
Most organisations have safety policies and procedures that form the basis of a safety management system. It is the employer’s responsibility to establish and maintain the system, and provide sufficient resources including training for employees to work efficiently and safely. Employees also have specific responsibilities under safety legislation to make the workplace safe.
Safety Systems Protect Workers and Others
As a support company to the mining and resources industry, the Reay Services Group takes these responsibilities seriously and, as a result, we have excellent safety systems to protect our workers, contractors and others who may be impacted by our operations.
All our employees are trained and experienced. Nowhere is this more important than in the operation of the heavy earth moving and trenching equipment that is our specialty. Employees or contractors operating such equipment need the correct licences and this is something we check before anyone enters our vehicles. We also take other precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of our workers.
Pre-start Checks, Keep Out Boundaries and Others
Our safe work procedures cover such essentials as pre-start checks, inspection regimens, how to clean, maintain and perform repairs and complete the documentation required by our system. Our mobile equipment operators are also required, where necessary, to establish and identify “no-go” areas and boundaries beyond which unauthorised personnel may not venture. This is for the protection of others as well as to also to enable our operators to do their jobs safely.
Drug and Alcohol Testing
Of course, none of these procedures and systems mean anything if heavy machine operators are in control of these potentially lethal machines whilst under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Even medications legally prescribed by a doctor can be dangerous if they impair the ability of a driver to make decisions and react quickly to changes in some circumstances.
Companies like ours must ensure that their employees are within legal drug and alcohol limits, just the same as drivers on Queensland roads. We spend a lot of time and money on testing procedures to make sure that our Reay Services Group people are fit to operate these machines. We need to be sure that our operations are conducted safely and without causing harm to ourselves or others impacted by our work.