11 October 2016

Worksafe Compliance Update

As a result of the 7 Worksafe compliance notifications, over the past 3 months, the club has now completed 5 notifications and these have been signed off by Worksafe Vic.  Our life as club staff and club members will require us to continue to change and make our environment safer. 

We have upgraded our power supply in the yard with a power box which members can plug into. Members are required to have all electrical equipment tested and tagged before using them in the yard. The club now has the means to assist members with testing and tagging.

The cradles on the hardstand have been labelled with Safe Working Load (SWL) and the slipway cradles are nearly complete in the certifying of their design capacity and labelling of their SWL.

Slings and lifting equipment in the hardstand and slipway yard are now registered and members have complied with slings and training.

The hardstand crane has had a 25 year service inspection and it has now been certified to operate under its existing conditions for the next 7 years, after which it will most likely require replacing. The hydraulics have also been updated. To maintain its condition, log books and frequency of use will be a user requirement.

Housekeeping in the yard, lockers and general safety issues on the site have been addressed and will continue to be improved.

Guarding upgrade of the slipway winch has been completed.

The whole issue of reaching compliance to requirements has had a cost effect on finances of over $20,000, but it has resulted in benefits to the club from a change of attitude of club staff, members, and our many volunteers far outreaching and beneficial to the safer and the sound operation of the club.

Kevin LeNepveu
Club Captain.

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