Health and Safety

Understanding Danger Tags and Out of Service Tags on equipment

BY: Tracey Mesken09/03/2019

​Works sites are busy, hectic places.  Employees are constantly moving around undertaking their various roles and tasks.  The use of Danger Tags and Out of Service Tags helps to ensure the safety of all the employees on site at any given time.  So, what do these tags mean for you?​Danger TagsA danger tag is designed for your personal protection.Many of our employees roles involve the operation of heavy machinery and other types of dangerous equipment and because of this, danger tags are needed whenever there would be a possible risk.Danger tags must be attached to the main isolating switch, valve, or similar of equipment whenever there would be danger posed to someone if that switch was turned on.If during your course of duties, you come across a danger tag that prevents you from carrying out your duties, please stop work immediately and report your findings to your supervisor.You must not under any circumstances remove the danger tag, tamper with the danger tag or attempt to operate the machine that the danger tag relates to.Your supervisor will be responsible for conducting any on-site removal policies of the danger tag if deemed necessary.Out of Service TagsThe Out of Service tags indicate a piece of machinery that is not to be used until the nominated component has been repaired.  Out of service tags do not replace or mean the same as danger tags.When to Place an Out of Service TagIf you come across equipment, machinery, power tools, etc that are faulty; orIf an item is inoperable or unsafe or if it’s continued use would cause further damage or create a hazard.Always apply the tag in a prominent place for all other personnel to clearly see.  For example, a tag at the bottom of a ladder is not easily seen by someone who may proceed to climb that ladder.Removal of an Out of Service TagOnly the following personnel can remove this tag from a piece of equipment:The person who completes the repairs or component replacement; orThe supervisor upon satisfaction that the equipment is now safe and operational. This is general information only, please consult with your site supervisor for site specific safety procedures.WorkPac is focused on Zero Harm, the safety of our people is our absolute priority.  To report an injury please call us on 1300 967 572

Do you know the correct procedure to follow if you're injured on site?

BY: Tracey Mesken17/01/2019

​Injuries can and do happen in the workplace, so it is important that you are aware of and understand the correct procedure as well as your responsibilities should you be injured on site.​If an injury occurs, you are to notify both your site based supervisor and your WorkPac representative as soon as possible from the time of the injury but MUST be prior to end of shift.  Once you have reported the injury to us an incident investigation is completed as well as any appropriate Workers Compensation forms if applicable, without this you may not be paid. We have a responsibility to manage all injuries to our employees and cannot do this if we do not know about you being injured. Prompt reporting is vital.Depending on the nature of your injury you may be required to visit a WorkPac medical provider as well as rehabilitation.  The WorkPac Injury Management team will assist and manage you through this process.Below is a chart of the steps to be taking in the event of an injury:WorkPac is focused on Zero Harm, the safety of our people is our absolute priority.  To report an injury call us on 1300 967 572.