WorkCover NSW is advising people to be careful when assessing damage and
carrying out repair work caused by the recent flooding across parts of NSW.
WorkCover NSW Workplace Health and Safety Division Manager John Watson
said areas particularly affected in NSW include those around the Lower
Clarence Valley, much of the plains around Grafton and Maclean, and the
low-lying areas of Lawrence, Maclean and Cowper.
"As flood activities continue in these areas and in Queensland,
WorkCover NSW is working with other government agencies to help people
affected by the flooding," Mr Watson said.
"WorkCover will continue to offer advice and provide extra information
so people who carry out work are fully aware of the safety requirements
during recovery, repair or rebuilding operations.
"Residents, business owners and volunteers need to take care when
working with electrical equipment during any flooding and as part of
"People need to exercise caution when dealing with electrical
equipment and asbestos-containing materials during the floods and
"Damaged wiring and electrical equipment can cause electrocution,
shocks and fires which is why all flooded homes and commercial
properties must be inspected by a licensed electrician before
electricity can be reconnected," Mr Watson said.
"People using power generators need to make sure they are properly
connected and any electrical appliances that have become wet should
also be checked by an electrician before being used," Mr Watson said.
WorkCover has available a range of practical guidance and information
to enable workers to work safely whilst dealing with asbestos,
chemicals and working around heavy machinery and other equipment such
as high pressure water jetting equipment and chain saws. , It is
important that flood recovery work being carried out in difficult
circumstances does not expose those involved to unnecessary risks. .
WorkCover has offices located at Tweed Heads, Ballina, Coffs Harbour
and Tamworth. These offices are currently open and available to assist
locals if needed.
"If you are an injured worker restricted by the floods and are unable
to make medical appointments or other WorkCover commitments, WorkCover
NSW can work with you to reschedule without affecting your compensation
payments," Mr Watson said.
Information is available from the WorkCover Assistance Service on 13
10 50 or online at
For a full list of affected areas people should visit the SES website
or call 132 500.
For information on local road closures people are advised to contact
their local council. For changed traffic conditions on major roads
people can also find information on the RTA's website or by calling 132
WorkCover media contact: Brad Matthews 4321 4367