News story

Businesses warned of safety scam

Thursday, 19 November 2009 ( #437 ) - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
WorkCover NSW acting CEO Rob Thomson.
WorkCover NSW acting CEO Rob Thomson.
WorkCover NSW is warning businesses to beware of calls from bogus sales representatives offering to sell 'WorkCover-authorised safety procedures packages'.

Acting CEO Rob Thomson says the alert is being issued following a number of reports received from members of the public, including the operator of a small engineering company who has been targeted twice in recent months. The scam artists end the call when pressed for their contact phone number.

"WorkCover does not sell or authorise 'safety packages' and does not allow anyone else to do so under the organisation's name," says Thomson.

"We encourage people to approach WorkCover directly to find out about their workplace safety and injury management obligations."

WorkCover offers a wide range of free services, including guidance material, workplace advisory visits, information workshops and seminars, as well as a dedicated call centre to provide practical help for small business to improve safety and reduce the risk of injuries.

Anyone who receives a call from sales personnel claiming to represent WorkCover should report this by calling 13 10 50.
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