Bulletin No: 190 Volume: 20 Tuesday 19 August 2014
To ALL UFU MEMBERS
RESCUED AT BALLARAT
The UFU and the Ballarat HSR, Scott Gambino have raised the issue that CFA Ballarat members do not have a safe system of work in regards to trench rescue.
After consultation with the CFA two PIN’s were issued by the Ballarat HSR. One on the CFA’s obligations is to provide a safe system of work in regards to trench rescue. The other PIN concerned the CFA failing to provide adequate training to staff for trench incidents.
Ballarat City would be the first responders to a trench incident within a 30 km radius of Ballarat but they still do not have adequate training to make an assessment at a trench incident.
During three meetings with Victorian Workcover Authority (VWA) the CFA refused to provide adequate training to Ballarat City so members can make an assessment at a trench incident.
Yesterday VWA decided that the CFA have not provided adequate training to employees at Ballarat City in management of a trench type incident. VWA have specified compliance with the PIN can be achieved by the CFA providing a Trench awareness package to senior officers/incident controllers by the 19th of December 2014.
The UFU commends the HSR at Ballarat City Scott Gambino for highlighting this issue that potentially puts not only the health and safety of members at risk but also the public of Ballarat as well when trench incidents occur.
The CFA need to address this issue of managing trench rescue across the state by providing adequate training including skills maintenance, equipment and code one transportation of materials so that UFU members are safe and the public protected.
Should members have any questions, please contact either your shop steward, your HSR or the UFU office.
Strength in Unity
READ OUT AT MUSTER AND PIN ON NOTICE BOARD
Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary