Job Worries Linked to Safety

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Andrea Davy

andrea.davy@dailymercury.com.au

IN TIMES of uncertainty, safety has to become employersCO top priority.

Mining industry psychologist and human resource practitioner Naomi Armitage said job uncertainty meant workers would more likely be distracted and accidents could happen.

Ms Armitage will be among the guest speakers at this yearCOs MAIN Bowen Basin Safety Conference, launched in Mackay yesterday.

There were several things employers could do to ensure safety was on everyoneCOs minds, she said.

C[pounds sterling]Give employees control by telling them what is happening with the company,C[yen] Ms Armitage said.

C[pounds sterling]Let them know what you are doing about it and how they can help.

C[pounds sterling]Employees might be able to help by taking leave, or working reduced hours.C[yen]

She also said if employers gave workers a sense of confidence, they would create a safer workforce.

C[pounds sterling]This can be through proper training, or by allowing them to make good use of their skills. …