Regulator targeting safety at major events across SA

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Tuesday, 28 January, 2020 - 16:00
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National News
South Australia

In the lead up to South Australia’s major festival season, SafeWork SA has announced that it is working with major event organisers to help ensure the safety of workers and patrons.

The season spans from mid-February until late March and brings with it a large variety of entertainment and experiences, and many visitors to South Australia.

The range of events and festivals held over the next few months should be enjoyed by all without risk to injury or harm, said SafeWork SA acting executive director Glenn Farrell.


Major events that SafeWork SA will be conducting compliance inspections at include Tour Down Under, Womadelaide, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Superloop 500 and further afield to the Port Lincoln Tunarama.

“Inspectors from SafeWork SA are commonly involved in community events to ensure event organisers, stallholders and ride owners keep their workers and the community’s health and safety top of mind,” said Farrell.

“SafeWork SA works with event organisers and are involved at various stages from the set-up to the bump-out, to ensure compliance with the state’s work health and safety laws.”

As part of meeting compliance, Farrell said stallholders, event organisers, ride owners and promoters need to ensure all facets of the event are safe, including the erection and maintenance of temporary structures, such as stages and marquees, fireworks displays, amusement rides and activities, appropriate storage of dangerous substances such as LPG and electrical devices are all tested and in good order.