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WorkSafe Month gets hands on to prevent fires in Tasmanian workplaces

WorkSafe Tasmania Month 1 October – 2 November 2012

Learning the correct technique to extinguish a fire in the workplace is the focus of a hands-on
TasFire Training session to launch WorkSafe Tasmania Month activities in Launceston TODAY.

WorkSafe Tasmania spokesperson Damon Thomas said new figures showed that in 2011 there were
175 burn injuries reported in workplaces across the State.

“As part of WorkSafe Month, TasFire Training is conducting a number of free Fire Extinguisher
Training sessions to assist in the prevention and safe response to fires in the workplace,” Mr Thomas
said.

“The practical seminar will provide participants with skills and knowledge that can be applied to
domestic and workplace settings, teaching them to identify the appropriate extinguisher to use on a
particular type of fire and how to apply the correct technique.

“A major fire or incident in the workplace can put lives at risk and have serious long term
consequences for any worker or business.”

Mr Thomas said two weeks of free information sessions would be held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor
in Launceston from today through to Friday, 2 November.

“In 2011, a total of 9,312 workers were injured in Tasmanian workplaces,” he said.

“Of these injuries, a total of 2,272 occurred in businesses in northern Tasmania.

“Attending one of the many free events happening over the next two weeks is a positive step to
avoiding becoming another workplace injury statistic.

“There is still time to register to attend any of the events in Launceston, with online registrations
accepted up to one hour before each event.”

For a copy of the WorkSafe Month Program of Events or to register to attend one of the events, visit
www.worksafe.tas.gov.au or phone the Helpline on 1300 366 322.
Worksafe Tasmania

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