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New code of practice for managing risks in stevedoring

Date: 
Tuesday, 19 December, 2017 - 13:45
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Industry news
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National News

Safe Work Australia has released a new code of practice, ‘Managing risks in stevedoring’, to address the high rate of accidents and injuries in the stevedoring industry, where the rate of serious incidents is more than three times the average rate of all industries.

Stevedoring involves activities directly connected with loading or unloading a ship’s cargo, stacking and storing cargo on a wharf and receiving and delivering cargo within a terminal or facility.

It is expected the code will improve safety standards by providing businesses with practical guidance on how to comply with their current duties under the work health and safety laws.

The NSW Code of practice for managing the risks in stevedoring commenced in NSW on 15 December 2017.