The ‘worst of the worst’ – the most dangerous machines around
Posted October 14, 2018 16:17:36 After a series of high-profile incidents in which machines are set to become a fixture of industrial parks, the industry is now taking a fresh look at how they can be better kept safe.
This week, Australia’s biggest carpet loom maker said it would be opening a new factory in the United States to help make carpets safer for workers.
It said its decision came after it heard concerns about some of its machines.
It has been contacted by ABC News, but the company is not releasing the details of the complaint.
The company’s CEO Andrew Trew said the move was about ensuring that its machines are as safe as possible.
“The last thing we want is for our employees to have to use machines that could potentially cause them harm,” he said.
“We are committed to making our machines as safe and reliable as possible, but also ensuring they do not cause harm to our workforce.”
The company, which is based in Queensland, was approached by ABC Australia in March and said it had been in talks with the Department of Work Safety for the past two years.
The firm said its workers were trained to operate the machines safely and that its systems had been reviewed and updated.
Mr Trew told the ABC the company had been considering whether to build a new plant in the US but did not make the decision based on the new safety measures in the state.
He said the company would look at other areas of the supply chain, including the supply of other carpets.
“For us it’s not a big issue,” he told the program.
“It’s not really an issue that is going to be a major issue for us moving forward, because we have been so focused on keeping our supply chain safe and our workers safe.”
A new factory could mean a lot more carpets to care for, says the Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Trade and Investment.
The Department of Trade and Industry said it was looking at options including building new plants in Queensland and other states.
It would then consult with the industry about the best way to implement those changes.
Industry Minister James Merlino said the government was making every effort to ensure all industry had the tools needed to deal with workplace safety and the workplace environment.
“I am committed to working with industry to ensure that our workplace is safe for all Australians, including our apprentices,” he wrote on Twitter.
“If there are concerns about any of our industries, we will make sure to share those with the appropriate authorities.”