With the holiday season upon us hospitality businesses, owners and workers have been reminded to make safety a top priority, especially with many new workers in the workforce.

Head of SafeWork John Tansey said the lead-up to Christmas is the most demanding and dangerous period of the year for many in the hospitality, transport, retail and construction industries.

“With many school leavers and casual workers joining the workforce at this time of year, the desire to impress can lead to them taking risks that more experienced colleagues wouldn’t,” Tansey said.

“The potential for injury is increased with the additional pressure of trying to complete jobs before the Christmas break. Workplaces need to make safety a priority so everyone makes it to Christmas injury-free.

“Other steps businesses can take to prevent injuries include ensuring adequate staffing levels, setting realistic workloads and work schedules, having contingency plans if work falls behind, and providing regular rest breaks.

“By taking these steps we can ensure it is a happy and productive Christmas for all.”

The lead up to the festive period presents various pressures at work and the break can be a particularly difficult time for some due to other social reasons.

The following organisations provide crisis support and assistance:

  • Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511
  • Lifeline 13 11 14
  • beyondblue 1300 22 4636
  • Headspace 1800 650 890
  • Mensline 1300 789 978
  • Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
  • Mates in Construction 1300 642 111.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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